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POTD: Missile Firing Exercise 2019

In these Photos Of The Day we look at high-speed projectiles in the form of missiles.

The frigate Hamburg shoots an air target missile (RAM Rolling Airframe Missile) from the front launcher on the missile deck, located in front of the bridge of the ship.

With the RAM as close-range defense, the crew can fight opposing anti-ship missiles aimed at their own ship. You can also use the missile against small overwater targets, helicopters or fighter jets. All frigates and corvettes of the German Navy use the RAM missiles.

Below: The frigate Augsburg fires a double shot of the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Missile from the Launcher on the back of the ship. It is used to ward off threats from the air, such as approaching anti-ship missiles.

(Foto: Bundeswehr / Marcel Kroencke)

An ESSM RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile launches from the VLS Vertical Launch System in front of the frigate bridge on a drone target. The ESSM is a compact, extremely agile missile. With it, the crews combat approaching missiles or fast-flying fighter jets.

(Foto: Bundeswehr / Marcel Kroencke)

Below: The corvette Erfurt shoots an RBS15 Mk3. The RBS15 is the main weapon of the corvettes of the Braunschweig class (K130). The RBS15 is designed to tackle larger sea targets such as ships and stationary land targets accurately and at great distances. During the flight, you can also send target updates to the missile and navigate GPS waypoints to reach targets from any angle.

(Foto: Bundeswehr / Marcel Kroencke)

(Foto: Bundeswehr / Marcel Kroencke)

The frigate Hamburg’s multi-sensor system shows how the ship fought a target drone with an ESSM Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. The facility in the top of the ship makes it possible to follow enemy contact electro-optically or with an infrared camera.

When an air target missile hits a target drone, there is usually not much left. The crew of the frigate Hamburg has recovered these parts as floating debris.

(Foto: Bundeswehr / Marcel Kroencke)

Below: The anti-submarine torpedo Eurotorp MU90 is carried by a frigate helicopter. The helicopters significantly increase the range of coverage of ships. You can fly “behind the horizon” and to carry sonar buoys and torpedoes. This allows them to combat submarines without the ship having to abandon its position to a submarine.

(Foto: Bundeswehr / Marcel Kroencke)

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