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PAAMSPrincipal Anti-Air Missile System
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The Ministry of Defence defended the readiness of HMS Daring, saying it always planned to launch the warship without PAAMS being ready.
In addition to SAMPSON, the UK PAAMS variant also comprises the Aster 15 and 30 active homing surface-to-air missiles, a 48-cell SYLVER vertical launcher system, a command and control package, and the D-band (1 to 2 GHz) S1850M multibeam long-range surveillance radar.
Furthermore, while the SAMP/T consists of Aster 30 missiles and the Thales Arabel fire-control radar, two versions of PAAMS use two different radar systems.
The PAAMS is a tri-national program involving France, Italy, and the UK.
Apart from the EMPAR, the PAAMS also includes the Aster 15 and 30 SAMs, launched from Sylver A-50 vertical launchers and a supplementary S1850M long-range air-surveillance radar.
Sir Robert Walmsley, with the UK's Defence Procurement Agency, explained the key factor to the dispute was that the UK arrived late to the PAAMS partnership, after Italy and France had already committed to the EMPAR.
Immediately prior to weighing anchor, the Charles de Gaulle was armed with Europe's next-generation naval air-defense system, PAAMS.
Advocates say the PAAMS has been designed to match and defeat the evolving threat of attacks from sophisticated anti-ship missiles and to deal with attacks by aircraft.
The centerpiece of the combat system will be the Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS), which consists of a PAAMS command and control system and the Sampson multi-function radar (MFR), linked to a 48-silo Sylver vertical-launch system that will fire a combination of Aster 15 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) for threats at medium range and Aster 30 SAMs for those at longer ranges.