MBDA has achieved a critical milestone with the successful firing of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) extended range-based (CAMM-ER) air defence missile.

The event was held at an Italian firing range against a moving target. It confirmed the capability of the CAMM family system.

According to MBDA, the CAMM-ER missile is designed to provide defence against the evolving airborne threat at ranges over 40km.

CAMM-ER features soft vertical launch technology and an active RF seeker.

It will be used in the Albatros NG system which is designed for naval applications.

Albatros NG is a ‘new generation Naval Based Air Defence (NBAD) system’ developed to counter aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and helicopters at sea. It will become operational in 2024.

The NBAD solution will help enhance the defence capabilities of naval fleets.

CAMM-ER will also replace the Italian Air Force’s Aspide munition in the Medium Advanced Air Defence System (MAADS) and Italian Army’s GRIFO air defence system.

For the Italian Army and Italian Air Force, the CAMM-ER missile will be integrated in the new ground-based air defence systems.

The CAMM family systems have already been delivered to global customers, including the British Army and the Royal Navy, as well as exported to several nations.

In March, MBDA won a contract from an undisclosed international customer for a CAMM-ER air defence system variant.