Singapore confirms Aster 30 SAMP/T operations, reveals new details of system configuration

by Kelvin Wong & Naqi Wasif

Fresh details of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) Aster 30 SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Portée/Terrestre) self-propelled medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system emerged during a demonstration of the service’s enhanced Island Air Defence (IAD) system at the western Lim Chu Kang Camp II on 17 December.

Developed and manufactured by Eurosam, a joint venture between MBDA and Thales, the Aster 30 SAMP/T is the latest ground-based air defence (GBAD) missile system to be integrated to the RSAF’s progressively evolving IAD system – which was initially conceptualised in 2006 – and has been conducting “round-the-clock” air defence operations since August, according to RSAF officials.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force has fielded the Aster 30 SAMP/T medium-range SAM system to bolster its upper tier air defence umbrella. Seen here is an Aster 30 launcher vehicle with a unique standalone midcourse-guidance datalink system immediately behind it. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)

The Republic of Singapore Air Force has fielded the Aster 30 SAMP/T medium-range SAM system to bolster its upper tier air defence umbrella. Seen here is an Aster 30 launcher vehicle with a unique standalone midcourse-guidance datalink system immediately behind it. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) earlier confirmed that it took delivery of the SAMP/T system in 2018 to replace its heavily modified but ageing Raytheon MIM-23B Improved Homing All the Way Killer (I-HAWK) missile systems – operated by 163 Squadron – which entered service in the early 1980s.

The country announced its selection of the SAMP/T system in September 2013 as an upper-tier system to supplement the mobile, shorter-range Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Surface-to-Air PYthon and DERby – Short Range (SPYDER-SR) system. The SPYDER-SR was delivered in 2012 and attained full operational capability in July 2018.

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/singapore-confirms-aster-30-sampt-operations-reveals-new-details-of-system-configuration

Fresh details of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) Aster 30 SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Por...

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