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Here's an early Aster test vehicle.
 

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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

Source:
Hooton, E R (ed); Jane's Naval Weapon Systems Issue 38, (2003), page 394
 

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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

Source:
Hooton, E R (ed); Jane's Naval Weapon Systems Issue 38, (2003), page 394

I do remember references to ramjet propulsion for SAAM, probably before 1990.

SAMAT 2/3 sounds very interesting, and I wonder if anyone remembers if there were entries on this proposal in the late-80s editions of "Jane's Weapon Systems?"
 

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Since it is most usually associated with ASTER, a nugget on the early development of the SYLVER launcher, then simply known as "SLV". An 8 cell module actually contained 12 cells, two being used for the unusual end-mounted exhaust plenum. Dimensions per module were 3.81m long, 1.52m wide and 4.5-5.5m high depending on type. Empty weight 6t. It was hoped to be adaptable to Crotale, Seawolf,Standard and SSMs.

Reference: 1984 French Naval Exhibition, IDR 1/1985

SLV early.PNG
 

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With the Aster there are two variants - the Aster-15 and Aster-30, i'd like to know what the 15 and 30 represent?
 

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With the Aster there are two variants - the Aster-15 and Aster-30, i'd like to know what the 15 and 30 represent?
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".
 

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