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HDMS ABSALON launched first Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

The Command and Support ship ABSALON launch an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile for the first time.
(Photo: Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization)

Tuesday, April 15, at 1745 the Command and Support Ship HDMS ABSALON for the first time launched an ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile).  All aspects of the live firing evolved according to plan.

The test of the missile was carried out in the area west of the Hebrides. The target was a drone which came from land at a speed of 378 knots (700 km/h). This is the fastest drone any Danish unit has fired upon.

HDMS ABSALON air warning radar immediately acquired the target, the movements of which could then be followed whereupon the target was assigned and missile launched, with the target at a distance of 8km

After the vertical launch the missile turned towards the target,  hit and destroyed the target drone at just over 6 km distance.

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