MBDA has announced the successful completion of the pre-delivery trials of its SIMBAD-RC firing post.

The test, which involved two Mistral firings using the launch system, marks the last technical milestone of the equipment prior to its delivery to the customer.

It had validated the interface between the missile and the new twin-launcher, ensuring a correct departure of the missile from the firing post, as well as the system’s ability to carry out salvo firings.

“The SIMBAD-RC programme illustrates how MBDA helps customers leverage their previous acquisitions.”

The first test was set at an angle of 10° while the second test was done at an elevation of 50° in a wide range of mechanical and climatic environments to certify the functionality of the system.

MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier said: "The SIMBAD-RC programme illustrates how MBDA helps customers leverage their previous acquisitions.

"Starting from a market standard such as the Mistral missile, of which more than 17,000 have been produced and are in service in nearly 30 countries worldwide, we have built a simple to operate and highly automated system that greatly improves the operational use of the missiles already in service."

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The SIMBAD-RC is a remotely-controlled, very short-range naval air defence system which provides automated, close-in defence against air and surface threats, to a 6.5km range.

Configured with two ‘lock-on before launch’ Mistral infrared-homing missiles, the equipment is comprised of one or two gyro-stabilised turrets, featuring a Sagem MATIS SP mid-waveband thermal camera and an optional large field-of-view day camera.

Positioned on a stabilised launcher, the self-defence system can be remotely controlled from an operations room, which allows a single operator to manage two SIMBAD-RC launcher systems.

Last month, MBDA delivered the first advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAM), to be integrated onto the UK’s F-35B Lighting II joint-strike fighter.

Image: Trial on SIMBAD-RC firing post. Photo: ©MBDA.