On 31 January 2023, MBDA Incorporated, the US arm of MBDA, was awarded a Foreign Military Sales contract worth $118,673,894 (USD) by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
MBDA will be supporting the US Navy’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships with the Sea Ceptor air defense system and Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM). Sea Ceptor with CAMM, in service with the United Kingdom Royal Navy since 2018, will be integrated with the MMSC combat management system and MK 41 launch system. Seventy percent of the Sea Ceptor and CAMM work will be done in Great Britain by MBDA UK. The Royal Saudi Naval Forces will be the first export customer for MMSC with CAMM. MMSC will be fitted with 8x Mk41 vertical launch systems for CAMM surface-to-air missiles.
John Pranzatelli, President & CEO of MBDA Inc., said,
“MBDA Incorporated is pleased to support this important Foreign Military Sale by the US Navy. CAMM will provide MMSC and the Royal Saudi Naval Forces with world-class air defense capability against a wide array of threats.”
At the heart of the Sea Ceptor system is the CAMM missile itself, providing outstanding speed, agility, and accuracy. The missile is capable of engaging a wide range of maneuverable targets, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision-guided munitions, and supersonic sea-skimming missiles.
Designed to protect military forces, key assets, and infrastructure against a wide range of air threats, the CAMM system is a critical component of any modern air defense network.
Other key advantages of the CAMM system include its active radar, advanced guidance and control system, and soft launch capability. The soft launch capability enables the use of smaller launchers, minimizing shipboard requirements for size, weight, and power. The missile operates effectively in a wide range of environments and weather conditions.
The CAMM system is a powerful and flexible air defense solution that offers exceptional performance and reliability. Whether deployed on land or at sea, the CAMM system provides military forces with the capabilities they need to protect their assets and personnel from a wide range of air threats.
MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and manufacturing missiles and missile systems to meet the full range of current and future operational requirements of all three of the armed forces (land, sea and air).
In 2022 MBDA delivered systems worth over 4 billion euros and booked record orders of over 8 billion euros. In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
Additional Media Coverage:
- Department of Defense News Release
- Naval News: “MBDA Wins Contract to Supply CAMM Missile to Royal Saudi Navy MMSC