MICA-VL Demonstrates its Capability Intercepting Stand-Off Weapons

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MICA VL launched from a mobile launcher on a test flight. The objective of the recent test firing was to demonstrate the capabilities of the VL MICA system against precision weapons launched from a stand-off range. Photo: MBDA

MBDA has recently tested the MICA VL land-based short range air defense system intercepting a target representing a guided weapon. The recent test was the 17th test of the MICA VL system. It took place on the 13th April 2011, at the French DGA-Essais Missiles test centre in Biscarosse, South West France. The developer funded test followed on the recently concluded evaluation by the French Air Force, as part of their Sol-Air à Lancement VErtical (SALVE) technical demonstration program.

MICA VL launched on one of teh recent tests. The recent developer funded test, followed on the recently concluded evaluation by the French Air Force, as part of their Sol-Air à Lancement VErtical (SALVE) technical demonstration program

The objective of the recent test firing was to demonstrate the capabilities of the VL MICA system against precision weapons launched from a stand-off range. The firing was carried out using a ground based Conteneur Lanceur Autonome (Autonomous Launch Container) vertical launcher conforming to a standard series production model. Controlled by the MBDA developed Tactical Operations Centre (TOC), the missile quipped with an active electromagnetic seeker intercepted a maneuvering target flying at medium altitude and at a range greater than 15 km.

MICA VL launched from a mobile launcher on a test flight. The objective of the recent test firing was to demonstrate the capabilities of the VL MICA system against precision weapons launched from a stand-off range. Photo: MBDA