MBDA Inc, the US-based subsidiary of the European missile manufacturer, has been awarded a $19,626,194 contract to produce Common Anti-Air Module (CAMM) missiles for the Multi-Mission Surface Combatants (MMSC) ships.

The contract involves Foreign Military Sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The CAMM is an advanced air defence missile system designed to counter various airborne threats. It is a component of the MMSC’s air defence capabilities, protecting the ships and their crew.

Under the terms of the contract, MBDA will produce the CAMM missiles at its facility in Stevenage, England. The work is expected to be completed by January 2027.

This year, according to reports, Egypt was in talks with MBDA to procure a CAMM air defence missile system.

The MMSC is a versatile and capable warship designed to operate in various missions, including anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and maritime security operations. The addition of the CAMM missile system will enhance the MMSC’s air defence capabilities, allowing it to better protect itself and other assets in the area of operations.

Saudi Arabia requested a multi-mission surface combatant (MMSC) Ships sale from the US in 2015, with Lockheed Martin building the 4 MMSC ships for Saudi Arabia in a $1.96B contract. Greece also had the US approval to sell four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships in 2021. 

The expansive procurement plans for the Saudi Navy mean that the country is a favourable export destination for foreign manufacturers, according to GlobalData’s “Saudi Arabia Defense Market 2022-2027” report. 

With this contract, MBDA continues strengthening its position as a key supplier of advanced defence systems to customers worldwide.