MBDA’s air de­fence sys­tem for Bri­tain en­ters as­sess­ment phase


A-£36-mil­lion con­tract from the UK Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) has been placed with MBDA for the land vari­ant of the fu­ture lo­cal area air de­fence sys­tem (FLAADS Land). This will fund an as­sess­ment phase that will demon­strate the adap­ta­tion and evo­lu­tion of core weapon sys­tem sub­sys­tems (e.g. com­mand and con­trol) for the land en­vi­ron­ment, and pre­pare for the tran­si­tion from Rapier field stan­dard C (FSC) in Bri­tish Army ser­vice. The FLAADS Land Sys­tem will pro­vide the Bri­tish Army with a world leading ground-based air de­fence (GBAD) sys­tem that will be one of the most ad­vanced and ca­pa­ble in its class, pro­vid­ing op­er­a­tional, lo­gis­ti­cal and cost ben­e­fits.

At the heart of the FLAADS Land Sys­tem is MBDA’s com­mon anti-air mod­u­lar mis­sile (CAMM) and its weapon com­mand and con­trol sys­tem, con­tracted for in­stal­la­tion onto the Royal Navy’s (RN) Type 23 Frigates as Sea Cep­tor. This ap­proach lever­ages the ex­ist­ing in­vest­ment to deliver the MoD with an af­ford­able but highly ca­pa­ble air de­fence sys­tem for both the Army and Royal Navy, with a shared sup­port and fu­ture up­grade path across both ser­vices.

The op­por­tu­nity to ex­ploit a CAMM-based air de­fence sys­tem on land and sea also pro­vides po­ten­tial in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers with the op­por­tu­nity to share in the ben­e­fits that the UK is reap­ing from the multi-ser­vice adop­tion of the mis­sile.

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