- Jun 3, 2011
- Reaction score
Here's an early Aster test vehicle.
RP1 said:A nugget on ASTER's competition:
• Modified version of MICA, called SAMAT (Sol-Air MATra) proposed as an alternative to ASTER 15/30
• Rejected, but the MICA RF seeker was used for ASTER
• Family included SAMAT 2 short range weapon based on RF guided MICA and the SAMAT 3 medium range version with Matra-ONERA ramjet [ed: !] and booster
Hooton, E R (ed); Jane's Naval Weapon Systems Issue 38, (2003), page 394
It seems to have originally been the range in kilometers(?) against antiship missiles. Of course "range" for a missile is a very wooly term, as there is simple ballistic range - which for Aster-30 would be in excess of 100km - then there is effective range, which requires us known what Pk is defined as "effective" and what the target is. Physically the difference is in the length of the booster, with a common upper stage "dart".With the Aster there are two variants - the Aster-15 and Aster-30, i'd like to know what the 15 and 30 represent?