Forward view of Sadral naval SAM system with six Mistral missiles.
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The Sadral is a naval SAM system of French origin. It is a remote controlled sextuple mount for the Mistral missile. It is a point defense system to protect the ship from low flying aircraft and inbound anti-ship missiles.
The Sadral is a pedestal mounted stabilized launcher with three Mistral missiles fitted on either side. On top there is an optronic suite with both TV and IR cameras. The system is operated by a single person from a console from within the ship. The system is limited in size, weight and complexity and can be easily (retro)fitted to various types of ship. All six missiles can be reloaded in about 5 minutes.
The Sadral fires both Mistral 1 and Mistral 2 heat seeking surface to air missile. Six missiles are ready to fire. The Mistral 2 has a maximum range of 6 km and can reach an altitude of 3 km. The older Mistral 1 is less maneuverable and has a 5 km maximum range.
The Sadral is used on a wide variety of French navy ships and has been exported to several nations.
The Sadral was developed at the same time as the Simbad. Both systems use the Mistral missile, but the Simbad is a much simpler and lighter mount.
The Tetral was developed to provide a level of automation close to the Sadral, but at less cost and weight.
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