On June 3, 2013, the French air force’s 2/95 "Sancerre" air defense squadron (EDSA) based at Avord, in central France, validated its first operational firing of the Mamba weapon system during a multi-system firing trial campaign on the Landes missile test site at Biscarrosse.
After a year of preparation and working up on the Mamba medium-range air defense system, the EDSA 2/95 "Sancerre" squadron, together with Surface-to-Air Engineering Support Squadron 2E950, also based at Avord, carried out at 11:30 a.m. its first operational validation firing of the Aster missile from the Mamba.
This firing was carried out in a complete environment implementing the entire chain of command with the deployment, next to the Mamba section, of a deployable theater a detection and control center (CDC/D) based in Evreux, and an air-defense combat management center (CMD3D), all communicating via Link 16 datalink.
Validation firing at the heart of a complex scenario
The engagement scenario was based on the discrimination capabilities of the systems identification friend or foe (IFF) system. The sequence consisted of two aerial targets simulating a friendly fighter chased by an enemy fighter, both flying at an altitude of 2000 feet and a speed of 450 knots (about 230 meters per second).
The identification and classification of the targets were transferred from the CDC/D to the CMD3D, which gave the firing order. At the time of firing, the range to the target was 50 km, and it was intercepted at a range of 40 km. The entire sequence was validated.
EDSA 2/95 "Sancerre" based at Avord is the latest squadron to become operational on the Mamba air-defense system. It has demonstrated the perfect functioning of the complete system using a chain of command working entirely through Link 16.