A new generation of medium-range missile defence system has been successfully test fired by European multinational missile manufacturer MBDA.
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MBDA was able to fire a common anti-air modular missile extended range (CAMM-ER) missile from the new Medium Advanced Air Defence System (MAADS), according to a company statement released on 5 May.
The air defence system is expected to replace short-range air defence systems used by the Italian Air Force and provide new capability at medium range.
“The trial was a major milestone, for the first time, the detection centre module was tested and qualified, integrated with the CAMM-ER missile,” the MBDA statement said.
“The test used a target drone simulating an attack by an enemy aircraft on the launcher, confirming the defence capabilities and performance of both the missile and the entire system in an integrated mode.
“The Detection Centre became aware of the target drone, in attack mode, and proceeded to identify and classify it, recognising the type of threat, then evaluated the type of defence to deploy and commanding a successful launch of CAMM-ER to neutralise the threat.
“The trial also verified the correct functioning of the two-way datalink between CAMM-ER and MAADS.”
The Detection Centre module includes MBDA’s Battle Management command, control, communication, computer and intelligence as well as Leonardo’s Kronos Land radar.
The CAMM-ER missile was developed by the United Kingdom and Italy and comes equipped with an advanced active seeker and a “cold launch” soft vertical launch system.