The CAMM enters service in the Royal Navy and soon in the British Army

British forces today use the Sea- short-range air defense system.Wolf for the protection of its ships, and the Rapiers for the protection of its land forces. Contemporary with the French rattlesnake, these two systems were already in service during the Falklands War, where they met with real success. But between 1983 and 2018, the needs in terms of close anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense have evolved considerably: maneuvering supersonic anti-ship missiles, drones, cruise missiles, etc. Despite the developments made to the venerable seaWolf and Rapier, it was high time for the British armed forces to adapt to the threat.

This is how the CAMM, for Common Anti-Air Missile, was born, a short-range missile derived from the British Air-Air ASRAMM, capable of intercepting targets reaching mach 2,7 at a distance of 25 km. Once integrated into the detection systems of the Royal Navy's frigates and the Army's Giraffe radar, this missile gave birth to the Sea Ceptor and Land Ceptor systems, which respectively equipped the Type 23 and Type 26 frigates, as well as the 16th royal artillery regiment.

The Sea Ceptor, which was declared operational this week on 3 type 23 frigatesof the Royal Navy, presents an advantage over the Mica VL, also built by MBDA, but for France: its reduced dimensions allow it to be embarked by 4 in a vertical launch cell, like the Sylver cells 35. As a result, a small ship, such as a corvette, such as the Gowind 2500, can have a very significant air defense capability that can deal with a saturation attack. It is to be hoped that, in the case of the evolution of the MICA missile towards the MICA 2, this specificity will not be ignored, as it presents operational interests, both for small and large units, and will condition the success of the export of this future system.

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