As of 2004, the Aster has never been used in actual combat.
The trials, between 1993 and 1994, were very successful. All flight sequences, altitudes and rages, were validated. This was also the period during
which the launch sequence of Aster-30 was validated.
In May 1996, trials of the Aster-15 active electromagnetical final guidance system against live targets began. All six attempts were successful :
8th of April 1997 : interception of a C22 target simultaing a subsonic antiship missile, flying at 10 metres, at a distance of 7 kilometres.
23rd of May 1997 : Direct impact on an Exocet anti-ship missile of the first generation, at 9 kilometres, to protect a distant ship (7 km). This was
the first "Hit-to-Kill" interception ever against an antiship missile.
13th of November 1997 : interception of a C22 target in very low fligh in a strong countermesures evironment. In this test, the Aster was not armed
with its military warhead so that the distance betewee the Aster and the taget could be recorded. The C22 was recovered bearing two stong cuts due to
the fins of the Aster missile.
30th of December 1997 : Interception of a live C22 target by an Aster-30 at a distance of 30 kilometres, an altitude of 11 000 metres, and a speed of
900 km/h. The Aster climbed up to 15 000 metres before falling on the target at a speed of 2880 km/h. The closest distance between the Aster and the
C22 was four metres.
29th of June, 2001 : Interception of a Arabel missile in low altitude, in less than 5 seconds.
In 2001 : Interception by the Aster-15 of a target simulating an aircraft flying at Mach-1 at an altitude of 100 metres.
100%. That to me, is better then the PAC-3. (Never knew it got 5 out of 8. But that was written 1999? So, it failed two more after that and passed one
more? Making it 6/11?)
“Russia: Tests of the S-400 Triumf Missile Complex Were Held at the Kapustin Yar Site in Astrakhan Region,” Izvestiya, 18 May 1999; “Russia
Trumpets New S-400 Missile System,” BBC Monitoring, 23 March 2001.
Those tests of the S-400 were meant to be highly successful, with something like 80% success rate. (Although, I'm finding it hard to find all the
tests they did. :mad
But the S-400, has 2.5times the range of the PAC-3.
But, the S-400 isn't the one the Russian's plan to be using to defend their Nation. It's a temporary one, and one to sell and earn money from.
Also, Rep. Weldon of the House Armed Services Committee attempted to get Russia to develop the S-500 along side the Americans. If the PAC-3 is as good
as people think, why would they of attempted to do that?
U.S. Congress, House Armed Services Committee, Hearing, 19 July 2001.
[edit on 7-3-2005 by Odium]