Naval Weapons

Italian Navy conducts first live-firing of SAAM ESD from FREMM frigate

05 December 2016

Key Points

  • The first SAAM ESD qualification firing was performed on 22 November from ITS Bergamini on the Salto di Quirra range
  • A second firing is planned for April 2017

The Italian Navy has successfully conducted the first live firing with MBDA Italia's Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile System Extended Self Defence (SAAM ESD) system from a Bergamini-class FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Mission) frigate.

Developed by MBDA Italia to meet the Italian Navy's requirement for a local area air-defence system to equip its FREMM multirole frigates, the SAAM ESD system marries Leonardo's Kronos Grand Naval active electronically scanned antenna multifunction radar, the Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles, two eight-cell DCNS A50 vertical launching systems, and a command-and-control subsystem.

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