MBDA has won a contract from an undisclosed international customer for a new Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) extended range-based (CAMM-ER) air defence system variant.

This is the first order for the variant Albatros NG designed for naval applications.

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

MBDA said in a press statement: “Albatros NG, deriving its name from the legacy Albatros systems which have been in service with the Italian Navy and several export customers for years, is suitable for different kinds of vessels providing air defence capability for platforms ranging from patrol vessels and corvettes to destroyers.

“It also allows a complementary layer for larger vessels, such as frigates and destroyers, already equipped with a long-range air defence system.

“It can be easily integrated, without significant changes, in the ships’ design; its Command & Control (C2) is designed to enable flexible integration with both new and existing naval Combat Management Systems (CMS).”

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The CAMM-ER missile can provide defence against the evolving airborne threat at ranges over 40km.

The air defence system has been already delivered to global customers, including the British Army, to the Royal Navy and to several export nations.

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