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Simbad



Overview


Simbad

Operator manning Simbad launcher with two Mistral missiles.
Source: Norwegian armed forces - © GNU Attribution Share Alike license

Origin
France
Type
Naval SAM system
Entered service
Around 1990
Status
In service
Development
Late 1980's
Developer
France - Matra
Production
Late 1980's - 2010's
Producer
France
Designations
SIMBAD / Système Integré de Mistral Bitube d'Auto-Défense
Notable users
France
Norway
Indonesia

Description


Introduction

The Simbad is a naval SAM system of French origin. It is a simple manually operated mount for the Mistral surface to air missile. The Simbad RC is a very different remote controlled twin launcher that is described in a separate entry.

Design

The Simbad is a pedestal mount with a single Mistral missile on either side. A sight unit is located in the middle. Shoulder mounts allow the operator to rotate and elevate the mount while looking through the sight. Both missiles can be reloaded in about 2 minutes. The Simbad has the advantage of being a standalone system that is very resilient to jamming and battle damage. The drawback lies in its manual operation, which can be difficult in low light conditions and heavy seas.

Firepower

The Simbad fires the Mistral 2 heat seeking surface to air missile. Two missiles are ready to fire. The Mistral 2 has a maximum range of 6 km and can reach an altitude of 3 km.

Platforms

The Simbad is a very simple standalone mount that can be easily (retro)fitted onto ships, even small patrol craft.

Media


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Sadral

The Sadral was developed at the same time as the Simbad. Where the Simbad was focussed on low cost and manual operation the Sadral is highly automated. The Sadral has a better performance against inbound missiles.