The ASTER-30 Missile System is an all-weather, next generation Medium range Surface-to-Air Missile (MSAM) system that will replace the I-HAWK (the I-HAWK has served the RSAF for thirty years.) system. It is part of the RSAF's on-going force renewal to enhance the 3rd Generation RSAF networked air defence capabilities to defend Singapore against a wide spectrum of air threats.
Details of ASTER-30's capabilities are outlined below:
Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Missile Capability
The ASTER-30 will have enhanced air defence capabilities as compared to the I-HAWK system. It is a versatile Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD) system that is able to counter a wide spectrum of air threats ranging from fighters, helicopters, UAVs to precision-guided munitions.
Enhanced Awareness and Responsiveness
The ASTER-30 will be integrated into the RSAF's networked air defence system. This allows the ASTER-30 to tap the real-time integrated air situation picture collated by the RSAF's array of sensors, which will enhance awareness. The ASTER-30 is thus able to react promptly and effectively against threats.
The ASTER-30 will provide the RSAF with an extended engagement envelope of up to 70km against fighter aircraft. The ASTER-30 also has the ability to engage multiple air threats simultaneously.
a. Technical Name: ASTER-30 Missile System
b. Developer: MBDA (France)
c. Guidance: Active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker
d. Maximum intercept range: 70km against fighter aircraft
e. Maximum intercept altitude: 60,000ft (20km)
f. Maximum speed: Mach 4.5
g. Weight: 450kg
h. Length 5m
3rd Generation Networked Air Defence System
The RSAF's 3rd Generation Networked Air Defence (NAD) system (refer to Diagram 1 below) comprises an inter-connected suite of advanced sensors, Command & Control Systems and Weapon Systems. The sensors, such as the Gulfstream-550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft, detect and identify incoming air threats, thereby providing an integrated real-time air picture. The newly-acquired ASTER-30 and the SPYDER weapon systems offer us extended engagement ranges against airborne threats compared to the I-HAWK and RAPIER systems that they replace. The NAD system provides the RSAF with enhanced awareness, responsiveness, precision and resilience against a wide spectrum of aerial threats. Some components of the 3rd Generation NAD include:
The Gulfstream-550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft which the RSAF took delivery of in 2009 enhances the RSAF's early warning air defence capability. It provides better endurance and a more precise air situation picture to a range of more than 370km, enabling the RSAF to see farther and respond more effectively to various operational situations.
The SPYDER (2 Surface-to-air PYthon-5 and DERby - Short-Range (SPYDER) ground base air defence system.) which the RSAF took delivery of in 2011, is a quick reaction surface-to-air missile system capable of engaging a wide spectrum of aerial threats including fighter aircraft and precision-guided munitions.
The ASTER-30 Missile System is a next generation Ground-Based air defence Medium-range Surface-to-Air Missile (MSAM) system that will replace the I-HAWK system. The ASTER-30 will provide the RSAF with an extended engagement envelope of up to 70km against fighter aircraft. The ASTER-30 also has the ability to engage multiple air threats simultaneously.