Naval Weapons

MBDA scopes two-phase Sea Viper IAMD implementation

04 January 2017

Key Points

  • The two-stage roadmap envisages an initial capability to defeat ASBMs, to be followed by an evolved capability to counter medium-range ballistic missile threats
  • Work performed by MBDA has included examination of the contribution of both the Aster Block 1 and Aster Block 1NT missiles

MBDA UK and BAE Systems Maritime Services are continuing work to scope and de-risk a potential integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) upgrade for the GWS 45 Sea Viper anti-air guided weapon system fitted to the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) six Type 45 destroyers while the RN mulls how and where IAMD fits into its future planning process.

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