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Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability

Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability January 11, 2019

MBDA has successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC)s at the end of last year. A number of foreign delegations attended the demonstration firing that was performed from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from the land against a fast moving remotely-controlled semi-rigid boat more than 3 kilometres off the coast. The scenario was intended to be representative of the self-protection of a vessel against an asymmetric threat. In its latest version currently in service with the French armed forces, the Mistral is an air defence missile equipped with an imaging infrared seeker with advanced image processing capabilities that allow it to engage low thermal signature targets from a long distance (such targets include UAVs, missiles and fast boats), whilst at the same time offering excellent resistance to countermeasures. The turret is remotely-operated, allowing the operator to remain under cover in the vessel’s operation centre. The SIMBAD-RC is a remotely-controlled very short range naval air defence system that provides highly efficient capacities against a wide range of threats, from combat aircraft through anti-ship missiles to small-sized threats such as UAVs.

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