Making its first appearance at DSEI in the outside vehicle park is the new MBDA Land Ceptor surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, which is the replacement for the currently deployed Rapier Field Standard C (FSC) used by the Royal Artillery, which has an out-of-service date of 2020.
Land Ceptor uses the next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), which is also used in the Royal Navy’s Sea Ceptor, which has recently completed a series of successful trials from the Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll. It has a maximum range of more than 25km and has been designed not only to engage aircraft in adverse weather conditions, but also cruise missiles and precision guided munitions.
The system is based on a Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX77 (8x8) cross-country truck, on the rear of which is a modular launcher that features a palletised loading module and a self-mounting/ dismounting capability. The latter makes it easier to transport by road, rail or air and it can also be used for dismounted operations.
A similar HX77 carries the command and control system and its associated radar.
When travelling, the eight CAMM are in the horizontal position and are raised into the vertical for a soft launch. The supersonic missile has a launch weight of 99kg and a dedicated tracking radar is not required, because Land Ceptor uses data from the surveillance radar and then the CAMM’s own active radar seeker takes over until missile impact.
An extended-range CAMM is being developed by MBDA (Stand S2-210) in Italy, which would have a range of more than 40km.
In April 2017, the UK MoD placed a contract with MBDA worth £323 million for CAMM for the British Army and Royal Navy.
Six nations have already chosen CAMM to meet their future air defence requirements in the maritime and land domains.
n Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (Stand S3-310) has been awarded a £13.5 million contract by MBDA for the manufacture of CAMM canisters for the Sea Ceptor and Land Ceptor. Further options exist for future CAMM requirements, plus the potential for a canister to house the developmental CAMM extended-range missile.
Marshall also supports the Land Ceptor programme through its design, manufacture and integration of subsystems equipment for the Land Ceptor Fire Unit Support Vehicle.