C4iSR: Air

Denel details AAM developments

23 October 2017

South Africa’s state-owned Denel Group, in its “Twenty 16/17 Integrated Report” has detailed a number of development milestones in the air-launched guided weapons segment managed by the Group’s Denel Dynamics division.

Released in late September, the report noted that the company has successfully completed seeker performance qualification flight trials of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) homing short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM). A co-funded development between Denel Dynamic and Brazil's Mectron, Avibras and Opto Eletrônica, A-Darter is a body-lift missile with thrust vector control for high angle of attack capability and agility. At 93.5 kg and just under 3 m in length, it can be launched from the wingtip and under-wing launchers of most fighters and attack aircraft.

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