PAAMS - Principal Anti-Air Missile System
French Navy First of Class, Forbin
The Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) will equip the new Type 45 Destroyer in its prime role of Anti-Air Warfare (AAW): protecting UK national and allied/coalition forces against enemy aircraft and missiles.
The PAAMS air defence missiles are the size of a public phone box, weigh two thirds as much as a small car and from launch accelerate to a speed twice that of Concorde in under 10 seconds. The missiles' flight manoeuvres as it locks onto a target are so severe they are 10 times more severe than a human could withstand. The system is designed to deal with multiple attacks by anti-ship missiles.
PAAMS is a 360 degree omni-directional system providing multi-layer air defence to armed fleets or groups of unarmed support and merchant ships. It includes three separate missions in a single naval air-defence system:
Ship self defence for protection of the PAAMS warship
- Naval area defence for protection of nearby ships
- Fleet protection at medium and long range
PAAMS defeats all forms of threat from sea skimming anti-ship missiles, cruise missiles, diving anti-radar missiles and fighter aircraft, to saturating and omni-directional attacks in an electronic warfare environment.
The system comprises:
- A long-range surveillance radar
- A fire control system based on a multifunction electronic scanning radar
- Dual-missile vertical launchers, each containing eight ready-to-fire missiles
- ASTER 15 and 30 missiles