The integration and final assembly of the 1,000th Aster missile was completed at MBDA’s Selles-Saint-Denis R&D and production facility in the Centre region of France.
Production of Aster started in 2006 at a low rate of five missiles per month. In 2008 this increased to a medium rate of 15 per month. Since 2011, full series production of over 20 missiles a month has been successfully achieved to meet customer delivery requirements. This achievement has been made possible thanks to MBDA’s international programme management skills which have served to optimise the involvement of major European defence industry businesses such as Avio, Roxel, Thales, Selex, Sagem and Simmel.