LONDON – European missile manufacturer MBDA has completed the first firings of its Sea Ceptor missile during trials in Sweden.
Two firings, the first on May 29 and the second on June 5, were the first seeker-guided firings of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM). The weapon also used its two-way data link to communicate with the Sea Ceptor’s command and control system and test its ability to process data from a third-party radar.
"The CAMMs both performed as expected, with their active radio frequency seeker acquiring the targets shortly after launch and staying in track until they intercepted their respective targets," the company said July 7.
The firings build upon a previous campaign of instrumented firings of the CAMM missile in 2013 and seeker data-gathering trials using fixed-wing aircraft.
The Sea Ceptor system is currently in development under a £483 million ($827 million) contract signed by the U.K. defense ministry in January. The system has also been chosen by New Zealand for installation on the country’s two Anzac-class frigates as part of an upgrade package for the ships.
In late April, MBDA was also awarded a contract by the British government to support the development of a land-based version of CAMM for the Future Local Area Air Defense System requirement that could eventually replace the MBDA Rapier air defense system.