Two Aster launches, carried out successfully from the Italian carrier Cavour on 18th and 19th May 2011, confirm the effectiveness of the System SAAM-IT,the anti-aircraft defence self protection system, developed within the FSAF systems family.
On the 16th December 2010, the first French HAD TIGER performed its official first flight in Marignane, France in the presence of French and Spanish Official Services as well as ODT. This first official flight followed a few days after the actual first flight of the helicopter which was done internally by Eurocopter.
A specific firing campaign, consisting of two single firings from IT and FR HORIZON class ships and of one salvo firing from a UK Navy platform have just been successfully completed in a very short timeframe (one month - May/June 2010). This more than positive event will re-launch the ammunition production which was suspended following some technical issues experienced in 2009, in the frame of the PAAMS qualification trials.