The French Forbin air defence frigate successfully engaged supersonic target which was simulating an attack by the super sonic anti-ship missile flying at very low altitude.

Aster 30 is used for local & fleet area defence by UK (as Sea Viper on its Type 45 destroyers), France (Horizon frigates) and Italy (Orizzonte frigates)

Missile characteristics Aster 30
• Weight: 450 kg
• Length: 4.9 m
• Diameter: 0.18 m
• Propulsion: Solid propellant, two-stage propulsion
• Maximum speed: Mach 4.5
• Range: In excess of 100 km
• Altitude: 20 km

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