- 3 June 2011
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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?
The system has a 150-kilometer interception range and a 350-kilometer detection range, and it features a 360-degree multifunctional radar fitted with a rotating active electronically scanned array antenna based on gallium nitride technology.www.defensenews.com
An electromagnetic active seeker was added to the original version of the Aster weapon to increase its accuracy in all weather conditions.
The Ukrainians speak of our Samp/T Mamba anti-aircraft system as more efficient than even the American patriots ! Proud that our weapons are used to save the lives of Ukrainian children. We need to speed up!!