MBDA has been chosen to supply Sea Ceptor for the Local Area Air Defence (LAAD) system under the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project.
Sea Ceptor will equip frigates HMNZ Te Kaha and Te Mana with the latest generation naval air defence system capable of protecting not only the host ship but also combined joint allied forces in the vicinity.
Following a meeting in Wellington on 4th October 2013, Mr Des Ashton, the NZ MoD Deputy Secretary of Defence (Acquisition), said: “The primary objective of the ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project is to restore the ship’s combat capability and utility to a comparative level to that of a current generation, new release Combat System. This is required to counter the combined challenges of an increased level of threat sophistication coupled with obsolescence of some of the current systems. We also want to leverage off advances in technology over the past 20 years and incorporate additional functionality and performance through the selection of modern Combat System Elements. The LAAD Sea Ceptor system is a key component of the overall project ensuring that crucial constituents of the RNZN fleet are best equipped to respond to the emerging threats and protect not only the frigates themselves but also high value units in company.”
The appeal of Sea Ceptor is creating significant interest in a number of markets around the world and its versatility makes it the ideal choice for the ANZAC upgrade. As an active radar system, Sea Ceptor does not require the dedicated tracker/illuminator radars on which semi-active systems depend. Sea Ceptor deploys the CAMM (Common Anti-Air Modular Missile) which, due to its soft launch technology, requires no efflux management system. This minimizes the system’s mass and footprint thereby allowing for greater flexibility regarding ship installation positions. CAMM missile canisters are compatible with a wide range of vertical launch systems.
On the 9th September 2013, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy contracted with MBDA for the manufacture of the Sea Ceptor system for its frigate fleet. The U.K. will replace the Seawolf missile system in their Type 23 frigates with Sea Ceptor before migrating it to their new build Type 26 frigates.
In November last year, the New Zealand Government endorsed a Detailed Business Case for the ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade (FSU) project and authorized the release of tenders for a number of subsystems which were issued in February and March of 2013 which closed in May. In four separate Requests for Tenders, the FSU project sought upgrades to virtually all the current sensors, Combat Management System, ASMD (Anti Ship Missile Defense) soft kill, torpedo self defence and the Local Area Air Defence System. For the latter, MBDA’s Sea Ceptor Self and Local Area Air Defence System was included in the Request for Tender for the Combat System Integrator.
CAMM will feature in a family of next generation, all-weather, air defence weapon systems with applications for sea and land environments providing 360° air defence coverage against multiple simultaneous targets, both airborne and surface, at ranges of 25km and beyond. This flexibility covers installation options, a choice of launchers, including the widely used MK 41, and system compatibility with a range of sensors. Cost is a major advantage of CAMM and customers will benefit from a “10 year canister” solution for maximum ease of inventory service management and minimum through life costs.
The contract is expected to be valued at A$300 million (c £200 million) over an initial five year period, with an option to extend for a further five years. The final contract is expected to be signed by the end of June 2012 and become operational, after a transitional phase, on 1 January 2013
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