France and Italy have signed a cooperation agreement on development of the MBDA Aster Block 1 New Technology missile, the French Defence Ministry said in a statement.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, signed the agreement on June 14 in Paris.
The program aims to extend the Aster 30’s range to hit incoming ballistic missiles, one of Europe’s contributions to NATO’s program for an anti-ballistic missile shield.
“This decision reflects a shared determination to maintain the capabilities of the ground-based air defense system to the highest requirements and its Aster missile to respond to a full range of airborne threats,” the ministry said.
In addition to upgrading the existing Aster missile, the program includes modernization of the SAMP/T systems that are currently used by the French air force and the Italian army, MBDA said.
"These systems as a result will see themselves featuring enhanced capabilities notably against ballistic missiles and thereby making essential contribution to the NATO programme in this domain," the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Rheinmetall and MBDA will exhibit a new defense system concept for close- and very close-range protection against airborne threats for the first time at the ILA Berlin Air Show. This solution ensures highly mobile escort protection as well as immediate firing readiness, and integrates seamlessly in the German Tactical Air Defence System (taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem/TLVS) system architecture as a further possible element of integrated air defence
MBDA has offered co-development of its Vertical Launch (VL) MICA based missile to Indian Navy. India is developing a short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) for nations navy after rejecting indigenous Akash missiles
MBDA has won a contract to develop an upgraded version of the Aster 30 Block 1 long-range air-defence missile. The contract to develop a new system named Aster 30 Block 1 New Technology (Aster 30 B1NT) was announced by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) on 14 January
Italy has handed over four repaired patrol boats to the Libyan coast guard as part of cooperation to fight against illegal immigration. The crews were trained in Italy "to monitor Libyan territorial waters
Fincantieri has delivered sixth vessel of the FREMM program, 'Rizzo' to the Italian Navy. The Multi Mission European Frigates commissioned at Fincantieris shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) within the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation), the company announced today
Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Italys Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a long term strategic partnership in the Defence and Security market. Under the agreement, Leonardo will support PGZ with its technology and products, and PGZ will cooperate with Leonardo on industrial and logistic support activities
France tested a M51 strategic ballistic missile by a nuclear-powered submarine, Triumphant early Friday morning. The missile was monitored throughout its flight phase from the test center of the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), including the test and telemetry ship “Monge”,
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