With the Canadian Department of National Defence still in consultation with industry bidders for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) prospective Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) requirement, European missile house MBDA is positioning its Aster 30 and Sea Ceptor missile systems to meet the air defence requirements for all CSC operational roles. Both systems are on display at the MBDA (Booth 401).
“The ships that will eventually replace the Halifax and Iroquois ships with a single class will form the backbone of the future RCN fleet and MBDA has a range of air defence and anti-ship capabilities that it feels is highly relevant to Canada’s requirements,” an MBDA spokesperson told the Show Daily.
“Given that the CSC platform has yet to be selected, and given that the future fleet might see ships within the class required to carry out differing roles, MBDA is putting forward a range of options from its extensive maritime product catalogue.
“For long-range air defence, Aster 30 is in service with several navies and has proven its capabilities against even the severest of threats such as sea-skimming, supersonic anti-ship missiles. It has also shown its ability to deal with ballistic missiles. Very important when looking towards the future, Aster offers a significant growth path and consideration is already being given to a next generation Aster B1 NT with even greater ATBM capability.”
Sea Ceptor, deploying the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAAM) missile, is currently being delivered to equip the UK Royal Navy’s Type 23s before going on to provide the air defence for its future fleet of Type 26s in the next decade.
“Should some of the CSC ships be required to have a short, local area defence role to fill, then Sea Ceptor, already chosen by several export customers, could be a very suitable option. At the start of its product life cycle, CAMM has a lot of scope for evolutionary enhancements as the future anti-ship threat develops. This highly compact, so launch CAMM weapon o ers optimum flexibility in a ship t due to its very compact launch system requirements,” said the spokesperson.
Construction of the vessels is expected to start in the early 2020s.
If the eventual fleet configuration includes a requirement for a long-range anti-ship missile or long-range naval launched weapon, MBDA is equally well positioned.
“For the anti-ship role, the eponymous Exocet is well known throughout the world. Exocet, in its latest MM40 B3 variant with a range exceeding 200km [125 miles], is designed to thwart even the most advanced of naval air defences. It will also give the CSC the ability to strike fixed land targets throughout the littoral.
“Should the requirement also be considered necessary to give the CSC fleet a deep land strike capability, MBDA’s range also includes the Naval Cruise Missile (NCM). NCM is currently being prepared for the French Navy’s FREMM frigates and Barracuda submarines. With its long stand-o range, NCM provides a major deterrent force well outside territorial waters and the dangers of an enemy’s anti-ship retaliation or interdiction,” the spokesperson added.