The missile house MBDA (owned by Airbus, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica) announced it has completed the firing of two MISTRAL-series very-short range surface-to-air missiles using a SIMBAD-RC naval remote-controlled station.
These trials represent the last technical milestone before delivery to its first customer. They served to validate the interface between the missile and the new twin-launcher developed by Rheinmetall Defence, confirming the correct departure of the missile from the firing post, as well as the system’s ability to carry out salvo firings. The system also includes a thermal imaging system of Sagem.
The first test was performed using an angle of 10° elevation, the second with an angle of 50°. Tests in different mechanical and climatic environments will complete the qualification of the system.
It is understood the first delivery of SIMBAR-RC systems are intended for surface ships of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being modernized by French shipbuilder DCNS and other companies.