Aster 15 Fired From FS Bretagne Destroys Supersonic Target

May 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – On May 12, 2019, the Brittany multi-mission frigate (FREMM) successfully intercepted a supersonic target flying over Mach 2 during an allied fire campaign using its radar-based Combat Management System (Naval Group). Herakles (Thales) and the Aster missile 15 (MBDA). Less than three months after admission to active duty, it was FREMM Bretagne’s first Aster 15 shot . It was carried out during Exercise Formidable Shield 2019, which involves ships from nine allied navies, including two French frigates of the last generation: FREMM Aquitaine and…

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First Successful METEOR Missile Shots

February 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, 13 February, at 13:30, a patrol composed of two Rafale took off from the air base Cazaux (Gironde) to make the first shot of a METEOR missile. At 20:00, a second shot was made at night. These experiments were supervised by the DGA, with the activation of a complete test device, combining security, instrumentation, the implementation of targets, and the return of the shots, from its control center located on the island of the Levant, off Hyères. The aircraft were configured and…

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Program Management Plan achieved by the FSAF-PAAMS

February 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – Positive completion of the System Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for SAMP/T B1 NT, a key milestone to freeze the technical specification of a number of the elements of SAMP/T including the Firing Control Unit (FCU), Ground launcher system and new Aster B1NT munition. As a system of systems, the PDRs for the Aster 30 B1NT (already started), launcher and FCU will follow up to spring 2019. SAMP/T B1NT is intended to increase the capabilities of the system and prepare the mid-life upgrade of French…

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ITS Carlo Margottini Deploys to Middle East and Arabian Sea

January 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Carlo Margottini left from the naval base of La Spezia, to start a naval campaign that will involve her in the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Arabian Sea (MOMA) to carry out activities of presence and surveillance to protect lines of maritime traffic of national interest. The campaign is also part of the activities carried out in the field of international cooperation and dialogue between the countries in the area with which Italy has important political-diplomatic, economic and…

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Sea Venom-ANL Marks Further Trials Milestone

December 17, 2018 – MBDA’s Sea Venom-ANL anti-ship missile has successfully conducted a further firing trial, passing a significant new milestone for the Anglo-French co-operation program. Conducted on 14 November from a Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) Dauphin test helicopter at the DGA Missile testing range of Ile du Levant, the trial was the final development firing for the missile prior to the start of qualification trials in 2019. This latest trial highlighted Sea Venom-ANL’s lock on before launch (LOBL) capabilities, with images from the missile’s infrared seeker being used…

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MBDA introduces naval versions of the 5th generation MMP missile system

MBDA has unveiled its new naval offering based on the 5th generation MMP ground combat missile at Euronaval. This decision follows the operational evaluation campaign carried out at the end of the summer by the French armed forces in Djibouti to confirm the reliability and operational performance of the MMP system in a hot environment, both from the ground and also from a rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) moving at high speed. A total of nine MMP missiles were fired with all reaching their target. Two of these shots were…

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MBDA to develop the next generation of the MICA missile

November 9, 2018 – The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has awarded MBDA the contract for the MICA NG (Missile d’Interception et de Combat Aérien Nouvelle Génération) program to develop the next generation of the MICA missile. With deliveries scheduled to begin in 2026, MICA NG will be available to arm the current and future versions of the Rafale combat aircraft. MICA NG is intended as the replacement for the MICA missiles currently in operational service with the French armed forces and exported to 14 countries…

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Dstl: Supporting innovation for MOD’s next generation air defence systems

October 15, 2018 – A new cutting-edge air defense missile system is on target for full-time use by both the Royal Navy and the British Army – with its innovation supported by experts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), who have been at the heart of its development since conception. The 20-year project resulted in a multi-million pound contract awarded to MBDA to build the next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), which has the capability to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other highly sophisticated threats. In…

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FFDj: medium missile weapons system evaluation campaign

October 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – From 25 August to 22 September 2018 in Djibouti, the technical section of the Army (STAT), the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and the MBDA company conducted the missile weapons system evaluation campaign medium range (SA MMP). The purpose of this evaluation was to verify the suitability for use of MMP SA in a semi-desert environment. For this purpose, nine shots were fired and all the missiles reached their target. The results confirm the reliability of the weapons system in a hot environment as…

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Defence Secretary cuts ribbon on Bolton-based missile factory

July 2, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today officially opened a Bolton-based factory where almost 700 staff are making multi-million-pound missiles for British soldiers, warships and fighter jets. An opening ceremony saw the Defence Secretary unveil a plaque to mark the completion of five years of work and £50 million worth of investment into the high-tech site, which has been labelled ‘the jewel in the crown’ of weapons firm MBDA. It marks a major milestone for the new site, where design, engineering and manufacturing experts are producing state-of-the-art…

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Chevalier Paul Fires Aster Missile

Google Translation On May 30, 2018, after weeks of preparation and close collaboration with the DGA and the MBDA company, the air defense frigate Chevalier Paul comes in a few seconds to carry out an Aster 30 anti-aircraft missile fire with its system. PAAMS weapons, on a standalone target, thus confirming its ability to react rapidly to a missile threat in the coastal environment. As part of this training called “Alligator”, closer to what he performs regularly in operations, the Chevalier PaulIts mission was to escort and protect a valuable…

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MBDA Conducts Second Test-Firing of Sea Venom/ANL

MBDA’s  missile has successfully completed its second development firing from a French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA – Direction Générale de l’Armement) Panther test helicopter at Ile Du Levant in southeast France. The firing, which took place on 18 April 2018, highlighted Sea Venom/ANL’s lock on after launch (LOAL) capabilities. It also validated its aptitude for low-altitude, sea-skimming flight, the effectiveness of the data link between the missile and helicopter and Sea Venom/ANL’s autonomous guidance capability, using images from its infrared seeker. UK Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb said, “Sea…

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£850m Sea Ceptor missile system enters service with Royal Navy

Sea Ceptor provides a powerful shield against airborne threats, including hostile combat jets, helicopters and other missiles, and has been developed and manufactured through Ministry of Defence contracts worth around £850m. It will be carried by the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates, and has been successfully demonstrated through a trials and test firing campaign that started last year. Most recently, Plymouth-based HMS Montrose became the third ship to test fire the system. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “Sea Ceptor will protect our nation against the intensifying threats we face today…

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MBDA SEA CEPTOR Successfully completes its final first of class firing trials

While MBDA was showcasing Sea Ceptor at PACIFIC 2017 as an exciting new capability for Naval Based Air Defence (NBAD), the advanced air defence weapon system completed its final first of class firing trials for the British Royal Navy. Following on from the first round of trials last winter, the second set of trials from Royal Navy’s HMS Argyll saw the system tested against more complex scenarios, including rapidly engaging multiple simultaneous threats. Sea Ceptor offers a step-change in capability compared with legacy systems like Sea Wolf, which it is…

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MBDA Inc. Hires Nancy DiCarlo as VP of Strategic Business Development

MBDA Incorporated announces that Nancy DiCarlo has joined the company as Vice President, Strategic Business Development. Ms. DiCarlo is responsible for the planning and execution of long-term business development strategies for MBDA Inc. Ms. DiCarlo recently left the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), where she served as the Director of International Affairs. She was a key US government senior executive with pivotal personal engagement in a wide array of negotiations and transactions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In addition, Ms. DiCarlo interacted with an array of leading US…

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