The first joint French-Italian “operational” SAMP/T firing took place successfully at Biscarrosse on the 20th May 2014. Firing sections from both France and Italy were used concurrently and fully integrated in the French Air Defence command chain, and all the missiles successfully hit their designated targets.
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.
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.