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Avio and Politecnico di Milano to work on new training system for the Italian Armed Forces


The Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Aerospace Science and Technology and AVIO S.p.A. (Colleferro, Rome) have signed a contract with the Naval Armaments Directorate (NAVARM) of the General Secretariat of Defence and National Armaments Directorate to develop a new training system for the Italian Armed Forces.

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Avio and Politecnico di Milano to work on new training system for the Italian Armed Forces CAMM-ER (Common Anti-air Modular Missile Extended Range) (Picture source: MBDA)


The PRIBES project stems from a need to create a new system capable of validating the performance of national tactical air defence launchers and measure their operational effectiveness.

Lazio-based AVIO is an European leader in the production of rocket engines and space systems (such as the European VEGA launcher). AVIO will be supported by the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, in partnership with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering in the structural, aerodynamic, control, avionic and missile areas and is part of a temporary enterprise grouping established for the project.

The activity, financed within the National Military Research Plan 2020, is a demonstration of cooperation between institutions, universities, and high-tech companies to implement complex projects, under the Italy’s Country System’s strategies.

Avio plays a vital role in the Italian defense sector, being part of two surface-to-air systems programs, with CAMM-ER and the Aster 30: 

The CAMM-ER missile program gives to Avio, under MBDA contract, the role to design, develop and qualify the solid-propellant rocket motor of the CAMM-ER air defense missile. The CAMM-ER (Common Anti-air Modular Missile Extended Range) belongs to the family of CAMM surface-to-air missile systems. It is able to provide complete protection against all air targets. The CAMM-ER is the common solution for multiple platform, by leveraging common components to create a modular weapon system and a modular design that offers true all weather capability and cost benefits of sharing missile stockpiles among the Air Force, Navy and Army. This new generation surface-to-air missile will offer a high operational range thanks to the new propulsion augmentation system developed by Avio.

The Aster 30 is an advanced two-stage hypersonic missile system for area defense against aircraft and missile attacks. Avio’s role in the program, under MBDA contract, was to design, develop, test and produce the following system components: propellant, igniter, motor case, fins, nozzle and Thrust Vector Control (TVC). Avio also developed the loading (thermal protection and propellant grain) of the sustainer, the second-stage motor of the Aster missile.