MBDA has successfully tested the Mistral missile against a Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC), during a demonstration attended by several foreign delegations.
The company carried out the demonstration from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from land against a fast moving, remotely-controlled, semi-rigid boat more than 3km off the coast.
The firing was performed in a scenario where a vessel defends against an asymmetric threat, such as a commando or terrorist attack.
MBDA chief executive Antoine Bouvier said: “MBDA is constantly striving to help armed forces make optimum use of their investments in our products. The demonstration of the SIMBAD-RC Mistral combination against surface targets reflects our policy of giving our systems additional capacities to supplement those they were originally designed to provide.”
The latest version of the Mistral missile is in service with the French armed forces. The air defence missile consists of an imaging infrared seeker with advanced image processing capabilities that assist in engaging low thermal signature targets such as UAVs, missiles and fast boats from a long distance.
Besides, the missile is also capable of offering resistance to countermeasures.
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The MBDA-manufactured SIMBAD-RC turret is a remotely-controlled very short-range naval air defence system that offers protection against several threats, including combat aircraft, anti-ship missiles, as well as small-sized threats such as UAVs.
The system provides small units or support vessels with a self-defence capacity. Each turret has the capacity to support two ready-to-fire Mistral missiles.
The ability to remotely operate the turret allows operators to remain undercover in the vessel’s operation centre.