C4iSR: Air

Rafael selected for UK Sky Sabre BMC4I solution

24 February 2017

Key Points

  • Delivery of the Rafael MIC4AD solution scheduled to be finalised by 2020
  • Land Ceptor and Giraffe AMB will be integrated with the BMC4I functionality to deliver the Sky Sabre comprehensive air defence capability

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Joint Sensor and Engagement Networks Team has awarded Rafael Advanced Defense Systems the contract to deliver the battle management command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (BMC4I) Phase II element of the UK Sky Sabre ground-based air defence (GBAD) requirement.

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems will supply its MIC4AD solution for the UK Sky Sabre BMC4I requirement. (Rafael Advanced Defence Systems)Rafael Advanced Defence Systems will supply its MIC4AD solution for the UK Sky Sabre BMC4I requirement. (Rafael Advanced Defence Systems)

The contract, awarded on 15 December 2016 (but disclosed on 7 February 2017) and valued at GBP63.4 million (USD79.1 million), will see Rafael supply its Modular, Integrated C4I Air & Missile Defense System (MIC4AD) as the BMC4I solution for Sky Sabre; MIC4AD is core architecture for integration of the networked Land Ceptor air defence missile, the Saab Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) medium-range 3-D radar surveillance system, and other key sensors systems as required by the UK customer.

The Land Ceptor contract with MBDA capability is delivered through the MBDA Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM). Equipped with an active radar frequency seeker, CAMM is a next generation air defence missile designed for land, sea, and air environments; in its land-based application (Land Ceptor) it will replace the Rapier Field Standard C surface-to-air missile system and, in British Army service, form the core of the land-based air defence capability for the UK Royal Artillery. The UK Royal Navy equivalent is designated Sea Ceptor.

The provisions of the Phase II contract require a GBAD capability along with initial support solution for up to five years. This includes delivery of a BMC4I functionality integrated with networked Land Ceptor launchers into a primary Fire Control Centre (FCC). The FCC will be the primary command and control (C2) for missile engagements within the context of a wider Air Defence C2 Battle Management environment.

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