CAMM Completes Qualification Trials from Three-Cell ExLS Launcher
LONDON — MBDA and Lockheed Martin have jointly completed qualification of MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) from Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System (ExLS) Three-Cell Stand Alone Launcher following a series of trials, MBDA said in an April 4 release.
ExLS is a low-cost alternative for integrating new missiles and munitions into naval surface combatants leveraging Lockheed Martin’s proven Mk41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) design and electronics.
The compact vertical launch three-cell ExLS system is specifically designed for smaller naval platforms that are unable to accommodate the larger eight-cell Mk41 VLS. ExLS has also been designed to fit inside the Mk41 launcher (i.e., ExLS Host), offering flexible, adaptable installation solutions for larger ships to achieve high combat mass within a small on-board footprint.
MBDA’s CAMM is a highly compact missile that enables multiple weapons to be fitted in limited spaces. It is the most modern air defense missile of its class on the market and has recently completed a highly successful series of firings by the U.K. Royal Navy. When operated from ExLS or Mk41 VLSD, CAMM comes in a quad-pack arrangement which allows to store and fire 4 missiles from a single cell. These latest trials from three-cell ExLS were successfully completed in the United Kingdom at the end of 2017.
“The success of these trials is testament to the hard work and close cooperation of the MBDA and Lockheed Martin,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president of small combatants and ship systems. “A launcher within a launcher, ExLS uses CAMM-canistered munitions with its qualified launch electronics to cut integration costs by more than 50 percent. It is a mature design that when paired with CAMM offers a low-cost alternative for integrating new missiles and munitions into current and future surface combatants.”
“These trials have further demonstrated the maturity, reliability and safety of the CAMM vertical launch system from both three-cell ExLS and ExLS Host/Mk41 and follows the highly successful operational trials of CAMM by the Royal Navy in 2017,” said Paul Mead, head of business development at MBDA. “The pairing of CAMM with the three-cell ExLS launcher is a natural choice, providing a flexible launcher solution available now for naval platforms to take advantage of the high-performance air defense capabilities and compact size of CAMM with ExLS. Other MBDA weapon systems, compatible with ExLS, are planned for the future.”