Canada chooses the missile that Spain threw away for its new frigates

The European multinational MBDA was selected by Lockheed Martin Canada to supply the Sea Ceptor air defense system for integration into future Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC). The Sea Ceptor will use the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) as an interception vector as part of the Close-In Air Defense System (CIADS) air defense system.

For integration into the new Canadian warships, the CAMM will be mounted on the ExLS (Extensible Launcher System), the longest version of the well-known Mk41 vertical launcher, so that four missiles can be housed in each of its aircraft cells. In 2013, MBDA and Lockheed Martin teamed up to market this combination. The aforementioned Extendable Launch System (EXLS) and Soft Vertical Launch technology are used for this purpose, a combination that was tested in 2014. The Sea Ceptor will be integrated into the ship’s combat system provided by Lockheed Martin Canada (Combat Management System 330 or CMS 330).

The Sea Ceptor has 360 degree coverage, a soft launch mode of the vertical launcher, which offers advantages over the ship and has a range of 25 km. (up to 45 in extended range or ER version), active radar guidance system with directional data connection and supersonic speed (Mach 3). No special surveillance radar is required on the ship, so it can be integrated into existing systems.

The Royal Navy adopted it for their Type 23 and Type 26 frigates to replace the sea wolf. It also replaces the rapier in the British Army. It was also chosen by New Zealand to modernize its Anzac-class frigates and by Brazil to equip the Tamandar corvettes. In Spain, consideration was given to equipping the F-110 Bonifaz-class frigates of the Spanish Navy after the integration study began in 2017. However, the U.S. ESSM was ultimately selected when we analyzed it in 2018. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photo: The Sea Ceptor System (MBDA) CAMM missile

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