A series of Aster 30 firings from French, Italian and British vessels appear to have validated a fix MBDA had to make to the air and ballistic missile interceptor after performance problems were unearthed.
The Royal Navy last year suffered two failures with the Sea Viper configuration, which forced MBDA to make design changes and also to delay delivery of further Aster 30s.
The company now says that it has completed a series of launches to demonstrate that the design changes work. “The trials were conducted over a range of scenarios of steadily increasing complexity, culminating in a final trial featuring a salvo firing against a sea skimming target performing a high-g terminal maneuver,” the company says.
Launches were conducted from the Italian Andrea Doria frigate, the French Forbin frigate, and British Longbow trial barge using two ranges in the Mediterranean.