The European-developed Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) -- at least the France-Italian PAAMS (E) version of it -- finally completed its system qualification on May 14th, missile manufacturer MBDA said yesterday.
The final qualification event was a live firing from the trials ship Carabiniere on May 14th on the Centre d’essais de la Méditerranée (CELM) test range, located in the Mediterranean off the south coast of France.
According to MBDA, the test fulfilled all the objectives and, as such, was "confirmed to be a complete success." The trials ship was equipped for the trial with a PAAMS (E) system that uses the Italian-built Empar rotating passive phased-array search and fire control radar. It also comprises a fire control system, DCNS-built Sylver A50 vertical launching system and MBDA-built Aster 30 surface-to-air missiles.