New air missile defence system successful

Following her visit to MBDA’s site in Filton, Defence Minister Harriet Baldwin has announced the successful first firings of the new Sea Ceptor air defence system.

Sea Ceptor, which uses MBDA’s next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), is capable of intercepting enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds and will be fitted to the Type 23 frigates, replacing the old Sea Wolf weapon system.

Using innovations in radar and datalink technology to ensure maximum accuracy, the first firings were conducted from Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll whilst off the coast of Scotland.

The Ministry of Defence has announced that HMS Argyll will conduct further firing trials of the Sea Ceptor system before she deploys to Japan next year.

Baldwin, the Minister for Defence Procurement, said: “Sea Ceptor will protect our interests against threats both known and unknown. It will launch from the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates as they keep our nuclear deterrent submarines and the UK’s two new aircraft carriers safe on operations around the globe. Sea Ceptor supports 600 UK jobs and is yet another example of how our rising defence budget is being spent on cutting-edge kit to help our Armed Forces meet future threats.”

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