Finmeccanica’s Selex ES business has conducted the first flight tests of its new Mirach 40 aerial target vehicle, the company confirmed during IDEX 2015.
The latest in the line of Mirach air targets, the Mirach 40 is designed to provide realistic, high-fidelity threat simulation at a significantly lower through-life cost than previous systems. This has been achieved by modifying the vehicle for catapult launch, instead of using rocket-assisted take-off. To further save on costs, the Mirach 40 uses the same proven ground station as Mirach 100/5.
Initial flight testing of Mirach 40 has been performed by Selex ES (Stand 06-A03) at the Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra range in Sardinia. Based on the success of these trials, the company is now launching Mirach 40 to the international market. The Mirach family of aerial targets has been evolved over the past 20 years, with systems sold worldwide. Selex ES has also provided managed target services to a number of customers.