On 27 December 2022, the FSAF/PAAMS (Famille des systèmes Floor-Air Futurs – Famiglia dei sistemi Superficie-Aria Futuri/Principal Anti Air Missile Programs) Programme Division achieved the second main milestone of the In Service Help (ISS) contracts renewal, by signing the brand new ISS#3 contract with EUROSAM, MBDA & THALES for a period of 5 years (from 2023 to 2027). Due to this fact, from the 2nd January 2023, and consistent with the earlier ISS settlement, the Prime Contractor and his companions have been given renewed duty for the availability of Spares and Repairs for the SAMP/T, PAAMS, SAAM/IT, SAAM/FR programs and ASTER munitions, on behalf of OCCAR EA.

On the twenty sixth October 1988, French and Italian Defence Ministers signed the Memorandum of Understanding of a bilateral cooperation for the event of a floor to air anti missile system household – FSAF. Section 1 (Feasibility) of the programme is now full. Section 2 (Growth) is nearing completion. Section 3 (Manufacturing, firing part deliveries to the shopper) continues and Section 4 (In service help) is ongoing in accordance with the 2012 awarded contract.


French Navy Plane Provider Charles De Gaulle Provider’s SAAM-FR (primarily based on the Aster 15N missile)

The French Navy variant of the SAAM system, the SAAM-FR, has been put in on board the French Plane Provider “Charles de Gaulle” to make sure its self-defence. SAAM-FR is predicated on the Aster 15N (N for Navalised). The Fireplace Management System is predicated on the Arabel X Band Multifunctional Radar and is in communication with the Fight Administration System of the Provider (Senit VIII System). The Arabel Radar is on the prime of devoted mast and a Sylver launcher has been put in in a spot specifically ready for it. The set up of the primary of sophistication SAAM-FR system on board of the Charles de Gaulle was carried out in 1999.

The Italian Navy has chosen the FSAF System to make sure the self defence of the Italian Navy plane service “Cavour” in the same method as France has finished with the Charles de Gaulle service. Like the opposite FSAF programs, SAAM-IT is predicated on Aster 15N (N for Navalised) missile, however integrates a brand new radar, EMPAR, designed and constructed by Alenia Marconi Programs (now Selex). A duplicate SAAM IT system is put in on the Italian Naval Coaching Centre (Maricentadd) since 2003 and gives a reference for testing and qualification functions.

 Italian Navy Aircraft Carrier Charles Cavour’s SAAM-FR (based on the Aster 15N missile)
Italian Navy Plane Provider Charles Cavour’s SAAM-FR (primarily based on the Aster 15N missile)

Principal Anti Air Missile Programs (PAAMS) are new weapon programs primarily based on widespread parts developed within the body of the FSAF programme. The weapon system functionality gives agile, fast response “self defence”, “native and “naval space” defence Maritime capabilities for: the FR/IT Horizon frigate and the UK Sort 45 destroyer. OCCAR manages the munition procurement programme for the Land and Maritime programs on behalf of the Taking part States to attain larger, price efficient economies of scale.

Almost about the present geopolitical context, France and Italy have required the next dedication from trade, with the implementation of some new devoted actions/companies as a way to help the elevated operational calls for on the programs. The FSAF-PAAMS PD was additionally capable of negotiate an extra work bundle with THALES, to facilitate a contractual improve to extend the MRI (Module Radar Identification) operational availability. The final and equally as essential FSAF/PAAMS ISS milestone would be the COTS & Providers framework contract, open to European SME (Small to Medium-sized Enterprises) competitors, to be signed by August 2023.

The Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) will equip the new Type 45 Destroyer in its prime role of Anti-Air Warfare (AAW).
The Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) will equip the brand new Sort 45 Destroyer in its prime function of Anti-Air Warfare (AAW).