The successful Critical Design Review has been held in Thales premises, on time accordingly to the contractual planning that foresees next incremental steps with tests on-board, taking advantage of next summer ship technical stop and a final qualification end 2023.
This In-Service Support activity benefits of the synergies pursued by OCCAR/FSAF-PAAMS between the Arabel radar of SAAM-FR and the Arabel radars of FR-IT SAMP/T ground based air defense system.
“More than 20 years after SAAM commissioning, the confidence that France has in OCCAR/FSAF-PAAMS capability to manage the air defense of its key assets vessels demonstrates also the relevant Through Life Sustainment Management promoted by OCCAR,” the international organization said.
The French Navy variant of the SAAM system, the SAAM-FR, has been installed on board the Charles de Gaulle in 1999. SAAM-FR is based on the Aster 15N missile (N for Navalised).
The Fire Control System is based on the Arabel X Band Multifunctional Radar and is in communication with the Combat Management System of the Carrier (Senit VIII System). The Arabel Radar is at the top of dedicated mast and a Sylver launcher has been installed in a place specially prepared for it.