Anti-aircraft missile system VL MICA



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    air defense missile system vl mica

    antiaircraft missile complex short-range VL MICA (Vertical Launch MICA) of various designs used as a means of defense land forces, air bases, command posts and ships from cruise missile strikes, controlled bombs, planes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles in the afternoon and night in any weather conditions. SAM VL MICA developed by MBDA based guided missile MICA air-to-air. The complex is compact, high efficiency and combat capabilities occupies an intermediate position between the short-range air defense system "Mistral" and long-range PAAMS.

    MICA missiles Modular design allows you to have ammunition in the complex means of destruction with different homing and use their advantages depending on the combat situation. MICA missile can be equipped with pulse-Doppler active radar homing (MICA-EM) or thermal (MICA-IR). GOS provides all-weather radar complex and effectively used against enemy combat assets with low IR signature (for example, guided air bombs). Thermal imaging preferred embodiment when used to hit targets with a small effective surface scattering, including low-speed surface targets.

    Road version of the complex was first introduced in February 2000. exhibition in Singapore Asian Aerospace. Test complex began in the test center CELM (Centre d'Essai de Lancement des Missiles - France) in 2001. In February 2005. was successfully carried out to demonstrate the possibilities of the new complex using a standard serial missiles MICA-IR, was struck with the goal at a distance of about 10km. By January 2006. was the launch of 11 VL MICA missiles in various trim levels.

    works shipborne air defense system based on the vertical launch missile company MBDA VL MICA own initiative beginning in 2000. Marine version of the complex VL MICA is positioned primarily as a means of defense surface ships small displacements, which are essential for the overall weight and dimensions limits hosted weapons, as well as to strengthen the defense of large ships at close range. In April 2006. test center CELM successfully tested SAM VL MICA sea launcher. During the tests, VL Mica direct hit hit the target, simulating a low-flying anti-ship missile at a distance of 10km. When test launches in October 2008 was struck by a direct hit target (UAV Banshee) at a distance of 12 km.

    In 2007

    . Navy of Oman and the company MBDA signed an agreement for the supply of SAM VL MICA for three patrol ocean-going ships (OPV) project "Khareef" (displacement - 2500t, length - 99m). Construction of the first ship of this project began in October 2007. shipyard of "VT Shipbuilding" in Portsmouth. Customer transfer deadline - 2010, the rest - with a six-month interval. VL MICA complex to be installed on the missile corvettes project "Sigma", built on a Dutch shipyard "Schelde Naval Shipbuilding" commissioned by the Navy Morocco. Supply of three corvettes of this project should be completed by 2012. Polish corvettes type "Gawron" project 621 (planned series - 7 units) are expected to be armed with two modules of 16 missiles VL MICA, located in front of the superstructure. The first ship of the series "Slazak" founded in 2001., Deadline - 2010 to 2011.

    in December 2005. Manage armament DGA (Delegation Generale pour l'Armement) French Ministry of Defence signed a contract with the firm MBDA for two years for the supply of anti-aircraft guided missiles VL MICA for all branches of service. Under this contract MBDA performs integrator SAM VL MICA systems of command and control and MARTHA SETAT of air and land forces of France.

    July 8, 2009. test center CELM missile MICA-IR, launched from ground launcher, was successfully intercept low-flying targets at ranges of 15 km and a height of 10m above the sea surface. Manage rocket is launched from the command post, located at a distance of 6km from the launcher. The purpose of the tests organized by MBDA, DGA and the French Air Force, was to demonstrate the use of the complex perspectives VL MICA for coastal defense. It was the last of a series of 15 successful test launches SAM VL MICA.


    air defense missile system vl mica

    Model SAM VL MICA land-based consists of four launchers, command post and radar detection complex. Launchers complex can be placed on a variety of automotive chassis terrain carrying capacity 5t (see photo).

    MICA missile is based on the normal aerodynamic scheme and equipped with a small cross of wide wing extension. In the forward part of the plane set destabilizer, in terms of having a rectangular shape. In the middle of the solid propellant rocket is firm "Protac", equips Low Smoke Zero composite propellant charge. The engine delivers maximum flight speed VL MICA M = 3. In the rear are located aerodynamic handlebars unit thrust vector control system of the engine (SUVT) and receiver data line. SUVT with aerodynamic control surfaces provides maneuvering missiles with overload up to 50g at a range of up to 7 km and with an overload to 30g at a distance of 10km. Warhead - high-explosive/fragmentation/incendiary directional weight 12kg, fuse - active Doppler radar.

    Launch MICA EM equipped with an active pulse-Doppler GOS AD4A (12-18 GHz), developed by "Dassault Electronique" and "GEC-Marconi". GOS AD4A alone is capable of capturing the target for the trajectory and provides hitting targets from any direction at all angles, day and night, and adverse weather conditions, in heavy electronic countermeasures against the background of land and water surfaces. GOS AD4A located in the forward compartment under the radio transparent ceramic missile radome. AD4A modified version is also used as part of anti-aircraft missiles "Aster" SAMP-T complexes and PAAMS.

    Bispectral thermal imaging seeker (TGSN) missiles MICA-IR, operating in the range of 3-5 and 8 12mkm, developed by "Sagem Defense Segurite". TGSN comprises an array of sensitive elements placed in the focal plane, electronic digital signal processing unit, a cryogenic cooling system built in a closed-type matrix. The cooling system provides autonomous operation TGSN receiver for 10 hours. High resolution and complex algorithms allow TGSN effectively track targets at long range and sift flares.

    The missile is launched vertically

    followed by a decline toward the target using SUVT. SAM VL MICA used in capture mode target seeker after the start and has a maximum range of more than 10km (on a number of sources up to 20 km). Prior to capture target homing missile inertial control system is controlled according to the primary targeting transmitted to the missile. The data line is used to send commands to the missile correction in the middle portion of the trajectory to capture target seeker. Using the principle of "fire and forget" can effectively counteract the saturation of the air defense system of the object at a massive attack enemy air attacks. Rate of fire is two seconds. The rocket is launched directly from the transport-launch containers (TPK), which are used for their transport and storage (see photo). Each container has a length of 3.7 m and a weight of 400 kg is the curb.

    To detect air targets and target designation can be used opto-electronic, general ship detection systems (marine option) or any type of radar Triaxial "Giraffe-100" company "Ericsson", RAC 3-D company "Thales Raytheon Systems "and TRML-3D firm EADS (for suhoputnogogo option). Threat Assessment (combat enemy agents) carried combat information control system (CICS) ship carrier or command center complex, which then sends the results to the target allocation interface unit with a rocket.

    SAM VL MICA in ground form can be used alone or integrated into a unified air defense system object using fiber optic lines of information exchange.

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    SAM VL MICA on surface ships can be used the original launchers, vertical SAM launchers "VL Seawolf" and vertical launch system SYLVER (SYSteme de Lancement VERtical), developed by DCNS. SYLVER system designed to launch rockets of various types of anti-aircraft (Mica, VT1, Aster-15, Aster-30,), ABM (Standard-II Block IV), percussion (SCALP Naval, Tactical Tomahawk). Production of four sizes: A-35, A-43, A-50 and A-70. To organize VL MICA missiles can be used modules of 8 wells A-43 or A-4 cells 35. Each module has its own channel degassing. The deck plate, hatches and hatch cell gas outlet duct - armored, sealed. Module A-43 has a length of 5.4m and weighs 7.5t. Pairing SAM VL MICA with CICS ship carrier carried on the digital channel LAN using special electronic interface unit. 8 launchers cells requires one interface unit and 4 antennas data link "rocket ship".


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