Enhanced modular air defense solutions (EMADS) system
MBDA brought its enhanced modular air defense solutions (EMADS) system to the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA18), displaying the system outside its chalet mounted on a test vehicle equipped with eight vertical-launch canisters. EMADS is the export version of the Land CEPTOR system for the British Army, which uses the MBDA common anti-air modular missile (CAMM).
Italy is the lead customer for EMADS, which was selected in mid-2017 to replace its SPADA system that is based on the ASPIDE missile, with a final contract expected this summer; entry into service approx. 2021. Whereas Land CEPTOR employs the regular CAMM missile; as does the Royal Navy’s ship-based Sea CEPTOR; the EMADS for Italy employs the CAMM-ER extended-range missile, being able of a range of more than 40km (25mi) compared to the 25km (15.5mi) of the basic CAMM.
Both versions can use the same launcher and have a radio frequency (RF) seeker that provides great performance against a wide range of aerial targets, including those with very low thermal signatures such as glide bombs. All eight missiles can be fired rapidly against separate targets, and have a two-way datalink that allows midcourse updates to be relayed by the launcher via a mast-mounted aerial.
The system can also be paired with any suitable radar, the British Army using the Saab GIRAFFE AMB while Italy has selected the Leonardo KRONOS. An option will include a mast-mounted electro-optical sensor for passive tracking.