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Successful interception of a Ballistic Missile by a SAMPT system

25 November 2010

On 18 October 2010 at 11.49, the SAMP/T Surface-to-Air Medium Range missile system intercepted its first ballistic target at the DGA Missile Launch Test Centre (CELM) in Biscarosse.

Based on the knowledge that our operational forces could no longer do without a high performance and modern ground-to-air protection system against tactical missiles, the French Military Programme Law 2003-2009 responded to this need by developing the SAMP/T Surface-to-Air Medium Range missile system which has just come into service for forces serving in the Luxeuil air defence artillery squadron.

The SAMP/T system combines the Arabel radar, a real-time engagement module and the Aster 30 missile. As part of its responsibility for the fire control function, Thales is also participating in designing and producing homing devices for Aster missiles. With the supply of 15 SAMP/T systems under the FSAF (Future Surface-to-Air Family) programme, Thales is demonstrating its capacity to play a leading role in the field of ground-based anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence, Security, Aerospace, Space and Transportation markets. In 2009, the company generated revenues of 12.9 billion euros with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners

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