CAMM-based CIADS for Multiple Simultaneous Threats
Lockheed Martin Canada has ordered MBDA’s SEA CEPTOR air defence system to equip the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), the company announced on 19 April.
Fulfilling the Close-In Air Defence System (CIADS) role on board the RCN’s new frigates, SEA CEPTOR uses the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) as its effector. It offers high performance, rapid response time and a high rate of fire, capable of defeating multiple threats simultaneously. Its Soft Vertical Launch (SVL) technology enables full 360° coverage, with levels of close-range performance normally only associated with trainable launcher systems. The system will be integrated with Lockheed Martin’s CMS 330 combat management system as part of a multi-tiered air defence capability. The CAMM missiles will be quad packed in the Extensible Launcher System (ExLS), part of the Mk41 family of vertical launcher systems.
The impact of the contract on the Canadian defence industry will see MBDA investing significantly in R&D in Canada across a broad range of disciplines, including AI, cyber security and advanced materials. The investment will be spread among small and medium-sized companies and academic institutions, as well as other key industries. CSC further strengthens the relationship between Lockheed Martin Canada and MBDA, which has already seen SEA CEPTOR and CMS330 capabilities provided to the Zealand and Chilean navies.
“SEA CEPTOR delivers next-generation technology that will help protect the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy as they carry out their missions around the world on-board the advanced new CSC frigates,” commented MBDA CEO, Éric Béranger.