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June 24, 2011 at 9:10 AM

PHOTO: The Paris Air Show is also an arms bazaar

Posted by Dominic Gates

A display showing the Aster 30 vertically-launched surface-to-air missile (in a nice shade of white), used as a hit-to-kill interceptor to bring down incoming missiles. To the left, in military green, is the vertical launch module.

At the rear, on the left, that rectangular thing is a fast-spinning radar antenna.

The system is made by Thales/MBDA. The latter is a subsidiary of EADS, the Airbus parent company that is also Europe's biggest defense contractor.

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