Sea Ceptor User Group Launched
LONDON — HMS Argyll, the first vessel to be fitted with MBDA’s Sea Ceptor next-generation air defense system, was the location for the formal launch of the Sea Ceptor User Group, the company said in a Sept. 13 release. Hosted by the U.K. Royal Navy, the two-day User Group included the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Armada de Chile (Chilean Navy).
The User Group has been devised to improve Sea Ceptor’s operational effectiveness through life and to deliver long-term reductions in the cost of ownership. It will enable users to share their experiences of introduction of the Sea Ceptor into service and employment and support of the operational systems, through a community of interest among the employing navies.
Built around MBDA’s Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM), Sea Ceptor is capable of protecting naval forces from the full range of current and future air threats, including the latest supersonic anti-ship missiles, small precision-guided munitions and combat aircraft.
“Having just successfully become the first vessel to complete an at sea firing of Sea Ceptor, HMS Argyll is the perfect location to host the formal launch of the group,” said Rear Adm. Simon Charlier, senior defense and political adviser at MBDA. “MBDA is committed to always providing the best in-service support for its customers, and the Sea Ceptor User Group will provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experience that will lead to significant benefits for all involved. Sea Ceptor is the future of naval air defense, and I am hopeful that we will soon welcome additional user navies to the club.”
Six nations already have chosen the CAMM family to provide their future air defense capabilities in both the maritime and land domains. In British Army service, the system is known as Land Ceptor, while for the export market it is known as Enhanced Modular Air Defense Solutions.