LONDON — Efforts to develop the air defense missile system for the U.K.’s Type 23 frigate and Type 26 Global Combat Ship are progressing, with MBDA reporting progress in initial trials of the system and key components. Flaads-M (or Future Local Area Air Defense System – Maritime) is building around the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAAM) also used in the land-based Flaads system. One of the missile’s features is the soft vertical-launch concept, in which the missile is ejected without ...


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