introduces a new weapon system for submarines: anti-aircraft self-defense
submarines have no alternative but to flee when detected by helicopters
and maritime patrol aircraft. But thanks to a new air defense system
developed by DCNS in cooperation with MBDA, the game is about to change.
Indeed, to meet the needs of navies to protect their submarines from
air threats, The DCNS-designed A3SM comes in two versions, both fully
integrated with Subtics® combat systems:
Mast Version (Mistral SAM)
Mast version: Comprises a missile housing (that remains watertight
throughout the submarine’s operating range and down to maximum
diving depth) mounted on a hoistable mast and containing several short-range
Mistral missiles that can be fired from periscope depth.
Underwater vehicle version (Mica SAM)
Underwater vehicle version: Comprises a torpedo-like capsule
containing a medium-range (20 km) Mica missile that is tube-launchable
at any depth. The capsule is similar to the type developed for submarine-launched
Exocet anti-ship missiles.
of A3SM Underwater vehicle version (Mica SAM) in action
weapons are integrated with Subtics® combat systems, ensuring the
overall performance of the submarine, from target designation and launch
of the missile to the destruction of the target.