MBDA has secured a new contract to equip the Brazilian Navy’s new Tamandaré-class frigates with the Sea Ceptor air defence missile system.

Sea Ceptor is a ship-based all-weather air defence weapon system that, in combination with fully-active Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), offers protection against aerial threats.

The addition of this weapon system will enable the Brazilian frigates to bolster its self-defence capabilities and respond to missile attacks to protect itself, consorts and fixed infrastructure while at sea or in harbour.

According to MBDA, the supersonic missile system has a range of more than 25km. It can be retrofitted into various platforms and can be controlled using the vessel’s existing surveillance radar sensors.

Sea Ceptor’s soft vertical launch technology simplifies the installation process, while the vertical launch capability enables 360° coverage in all launch sectors.

The system is already in operational service with the British Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates and had been selected for the new Type 26 frigates.

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Recently, MBDA was also contracted to equip the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 frigates with the Sea Ceptor system.

Headquartered in France, MBDA is a defence company that specialises in delivering missiles and missile systems to armed forces.

The joint venture firm is owned by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%).

In March this year, MBDA secured a contract to supply the new Teseo Evolved Weapon System, dubbed Teseo Mk2/E, to the Italian Navy. Teseo Mk2/E is designed to defeat sea and land targets at longer ranges.