Artist impression of A3SM Underwater vehicle version (Mica SAM) in action (all images : DCNS)
Currently, 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:
A3SM Mast Version with Mistral SAM (image : DCNS)
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
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.
These 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.