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DCNS Sylver Vertical Launching System (VLS)
 

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (6 x 8 cells) aboard ITS Caio Duilio (D 555)

  
The Sylver (SYstème de Lancement VERtical) is a vertical launching system (VLS) designed by DCNS. The launcher comes in several variants, each distinguished by their height. A-35 and A-43 were developed for launching short range surface-to-air missiles, the A-50 for the long-range PAAMS air defense system, and the A-70 launcher for larger missiles such as the SCALP Naval land attack cruise missile. The numbers refer to the approximate length of the missile which can be accommodated, in decimetres, i.e. the A-43 can hold missiles which are up to 4.3 metres long whilst the A-70 can accommodate missiles up to 7 metres long.

The launchers come in eight-cell modules, except A-35 available in four-cell modules, with each eight-cell module occupying six square metres of deck space. Inner size cell is 60 cm long and 56 cm wide, and each cell has its own exhaust vent. Crotale NG (VT1) missiles can be quad-packed in one cell.

The primary application of the launcher has been the MBDA Aster missile. The Sylver, together with the Aster, is the primary component of the PAAMS naval anti-air warfare system. Using PAAMS, up to eight missiles can be launched in 10 seconds.

The French Navy has initiated studies to convert the SCALP EG missile to be capable of launch from the Sylver. This missile, the SCALP Naval, would give France a land attack capability in the mould of the U.S. Tomahawk missile. It would also be attractive to the British Royal Navy, whose Type 45 destroyers will be equipped with the Sylver launcher, although the A50 type cannot take this missile at present.

The basic unit of Sylver VLS is an eight-cell module fitted with two rows of 22-inch missile cells surrounding the uptake for exhaust gas.

Models / Measures:
Sylver A-35 (lenght = 2,6 meters / width = 2,3 meters / height = 3,5 meters)
Sylver A-43 (lenght = 2,6 meters / width = 2,3 meters / height = 4,3 meters)
Sylver A-50 (lenght = 2,6 meters / width = 2,3 meters / height = 5 meters)
Sylver A-70 (lenght = 2,6 meters / width = 2,3 meters / height = 7 meters)

Used for:
MBDA Mica SAM
Thales Crotale short range SAM (quad pack)
MBDA Aster 15 short range SAM
MBDA Aster 30 medium range SAM
MBDA Scalp N cruise missile


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DCNS Sylver A-43 VLS (2 x 8 cells) for Aster 15 SAM aboard ITS Cavour (C 550)

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DCNS Sylver A-43 VLS (2 x 8 cells) for Aster 15 SAM aboard ITS Cavour (C 550)

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DCNS Sylver A-43 VLS (2 x 8 cells) for Aster 15 SAM aboard ITS Cavour (C 550)

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DCNS Sylver A-43 VLS (2 x 8 cells) for Aster 15 SAM aboard ITS Cavour (C 550)

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DCNS Sylver A-43 VLS (2 x 8 cells) for Aster 15 SAM aboard ITS Cavour (C 550)

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer


DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer


DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer


DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer


DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (48 cells) for Aster 15 and Aster 30 SAM aboard a Royal Navy Type 45 / Daring class Destroyer

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (6 x 8 cells) aboard ITS Caio Duilio (D 554)


DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (6 x 8 cells) aboard ITS Caio Duilio (D 554)

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DCNS Sylver A-50 VLS (6 x 8 cells) aboard ITS Andrea Doria (D 553)

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DCNS Sylver A-43 VLS (2 x 8 cells) for Aster 15 SAM aboard ITS Cavour (C 550)

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DCNS Sylver A-43 VLS (2 x 8 cells) for Aster 15 SAM aboard ITS Cavour (C 550)

 
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