South Africa’s Denel Dynamics has announced the successful competition of a series of guided missile qualification tests for the A-Darter 5th generation Imaging Infrared (IIR) Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (SRAAM) System.
The A-Darter is an advanced short-range air-to-air missile and features an IIR seeker with advanced digital processing capability now delivers improved performance in terms of image detection, false target rejection, electronic-counter-counter-measures and guidance and control.
The A-Darter is fully integrated on the JAS-39 Gripen C/D and Denel Dynamics says that it has already received interest for the fifth-generation Imaging Infrared (IIR) SRAAM from prospective clients
Four guided test firings were performed in various air combat maneuver scenarios with a cumulative of four guided firings conducted at Denel’s Overberg Test Range (DOTR) in the Western Cape.
The first test was conducted in a Lock-On-After-Launch configuration, while the second test was conducted proved the high off-boresight launch capability of the missile under high g-forces.
The third and fourth tests demonstrated the missile’s electronic-counter-counter-measures algorithm capability.
The A-Darter missile can be designated using the aircraft’s radar, helmet sight or use its very effective autonomous scan feature if radar silence is required.
Denel manufactured SKUA High Speed Target Drones were used for all tests.