Photo: Spanish Navy’s anti-air missile firing exercises in the Gulf of Cadiz

An SM-1 missile is fired during the Gulf of Cadiz exercise. Photo: Spanish Navy
An SM-1 missile is fired during the Gulf of Cadiz exercise. Photo: Spanish Navy

The Spanish Navy has recently concluded an anti-air missile firing exercise in the Gulf of Cadiz with the F-80 frigates Victoria, Numancia and Canarias.

The navy said the training exercises were designed to verify the proper functioning of all systems (fire control, launcher, programs, etc.) and the correct performance of the Standard SM-1 missile.

The drills also served to test the crews’ readiness using A/A missiles and other anti-air artillery pieces.

Several missiles were launched against Spanish-built Scrab remote-controlled air drones simulating different missiles and aircraft approaching the formation.

Spanish Navy’s 41st Escort Squadron which took part in the exercise is made up of six Santa María-class frigates stationed in Rota Naval Base. They were built in Spain in the 80’s and 90’s, and they have just completed an upgrading process to extend their operational life.

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