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Aster 30

Aster 30

The Aster is the first European Kill Vehicle, anti-missile by design and a central component of a missile family. It satisfies the land and sea operational needs of the new century, enabling responses to a wide spectrum of current and future air threats, which will mainly consist of new-generation missiles, characterized by higher speed, increased stealth and maneuverability. In order to ensure effective protection of strategic assets or naval platforms, the Aster was designed to achieve structural kill of these missiles. It also provides an outstanding functional kill against patrol aircraft, jamming them as well as fighter aircraft in close formation. The Aster Kill Vehicle configuration is the same for land and sea applications. Therefore, the Aster weapons can also be forestalled as candidates for territorial defense. Furthermore, the Aster concept confers the capability to achieve hit-to-kill against Tactical Ballistic Missiles (TBMs); MBDA is the design authority of the system under the EUROSAM contract. The OCCAR, through EUROSAM, ensures the procurement for MoD needs (Italy, France and the United Kingdom). The Aster 30, a hypersonic two-stage system The Aster 30 is an advanced two-stage hypersonic missile system for area defense against aircraft and missile attacks. Italy and France jointly developed this surface-to-air system. The first-stage booster, fully designed and produced by Avio, is considered as one of today’s most powerful and technologically advanced solid-propellant motors.


Avio’s role in the program, under MBDA contract, was to design, develop, test and produce the following system components: propellant, igniter, motor case, fins, nozzle and Thrust Vector Control (TVC). Through a Roxel contract, Avio also developed the loading (thermal protection and propellant grain) of the sustainer, the second-stage motor of the Aster missile. The Aster is built at the Avio facilities in Colleferro (Rome, Italy).



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