Less than three months after her admission to active duty, it was Bretagne's first Aster 15 launch. It was carried out during Exercise Formidable Shield 2019, which involves ships from nine allied navies, including two French frigates of the last generation: the Aquitaine and the Bretagne. Formidable Shield 2019 is an exercise designed to test participating countries' weapons systems against the latest threats, notably supersonic and ballistic missiles.
[#FormidableShield] : la FREMM Bretagne de la Marine Nationale a confirmé ses capacités de détection et de destruction de missiles balistiques et supersoniques en effectuant un tir de missile antiaérien ASTER 15 dans cet exercice impliquant 9 marines alliées. pic.twitter.com/0QrpOI3L2X— État-Major Armées (@EtatMajorFR) May 15, 2019
The attacking supersonic target was destroyed in a few seconds by the Aster 15, after a nominal launch sequence perfectly executed by the crew. This result confirms the versatility and outstanding performance of the FREMM in all combat areas.
This success rewarded the investment and remarkable work of the crew who had been preparing for it for several months.
Under the leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff and with the constant support of the DGA, the French Navy is developing a high level of interoperability and integration with its allies, as a permanent member of the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) forum.
The participation of French naval units in this type of exercise will continue in the future, in order to maintain our engagement capabilities at the highest level against the toughest threats.
The FREMM frigates' air self-defense is based on the Aster 15 missile that can be fired at 360° around its launcher. It can reach its target out to a distance of about 30 kilometers, at a speed of MACH 3, or 3,700 kph.
It can destroy supersonic fighters and anti-ship missiles in level flight on while diving.