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Canadian Surface Combatant Will Have MBDA’s Sea Ceptor

Arun Sivasankaran - : Apr 20, 2021 - : 9:43 am

Lockheed Martin Canada has awarded MBDA a contract to equip the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) with the Sea Ceptor air defence weapon system.

Utilising the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) as its effector, Sea Ceptor will undertake the Close-In Air Defence System (CIADS) role on-board the new CSC frigates.

Sea Ceptor provides exceptional self-defence performance, with a rapid response time and a high rate of fire to defeat multiple threats simultaneously. Its Soft Vertical Launch (SVL) technology enables full 360° coverage with close range performance normally only associated with trainable launcher systems. Sea Ceptor will be integrated with Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat Management System 330 (CMS 330) as part of a multi-tier air defence capability. The CAMM missiles will be quad packed in Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launcher System (ExLS), which is part of the Mk41 family of vertical launcher systems.

“We are delighted to be awarded this contract, and to play a part in contributing to such an important programme to Canada,” said Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA. “Sea Ceptor delivers next generation technology that will help protect the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy as they carry out their missions around the world on-board the advanced new CSC frigates.”

MBDA’s role on CSC is expected to create a positive impact on the Canadian defence industry and its supply chain through Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) policy. The contract will bring significant investment by MBDA in research and development to Canada across a wide range of technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and advanced materials. The investment will be made across small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), academia and other key industries across Canada, supporting high technology jobs.

The CSC program will further strengthen the partnership between MBDA and Lockheed Martin Canada, which has already seen Sea Ceptor and CMS 330 providing air defence capabilities to the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Chilean Navy.

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