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Crotale Mk3 demonstration firings

20 March 2008

At the CELM1 missile launch test centre in Biscarrosse, southwest France, on 31 January 2008 at 14:50 CET, the Crotale Mk3 missile system destroyed a target flying at an altitude of 500 metres and a range of almost 15 000 metres in less than 35 seconds.

This test campaign was conducted to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the Crotale Mk3 missile system, and in particular its autonomy, intercept range and reaction time, and the ability for the operator to retain control of the situation at all times.

* The Crotale Mk3 system is inherently suitable for integration within a broader air defence network, while also offering the autonomy needed for individual platforms to maintain surveillance, engage targets and fire missiles alone.
* The system offers an intercept of 15 km.
* The short reaction times of the Crotale Mk3 system and VT1 missile provide excellent all-round performance from threat detection through to intercept.
* The Crotale Mk3 system guarantees that the operator remains in control of the situation and manages the surrounding airspace throughout the engagement phase.

1 Centre d'Essais de Lancement des Missiles

Note to editors
The campaign began at the CELM test facility on 15 January with the destruction of a Banshee target at an altitude of 970 metres and a range of almost 8,000 metres in 11 seconds. On both occasions, the target was destroyed by a near direct impact by the VT1 missile.
The Crotale missile system defends civil and military installations against airborne threats and protects forces on the move. It is available in land and naval versions.

The Crotale system is in service with France, Finland, Greece, Oman, South Korea and other countries.

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with 2007 revenues of €12.3 billion.

Press contacts:

Laurence Luyckx-Hamalainen
Tel. +33 1 79 61 56 46
laurence.luyckx@thalesgroup.com

Christophe Robin
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christophe.robin@thalesgroup.com



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