MBDA’s Sea Ceptor air-defence missile system has been selected by the Brazilian Navy for integration on its next-generation Tamandaré-class corvettes.
Based on the anti-air modular missile (CAMM) being developed by the UK unit of MBDA, the 3.2m-long Sea Ceptor missile is capable of flying at speeds of approximately mach 3, while concurrently engaging multiple targets.
Travelling at speeds of more than 2,000mph, it can also intercept supersonic combat aircraft and missiles and neutralise them, while defending the host ship.
Using advanced technology and an active radar seeker, the system is aimed at delivering all-weather, night and day, 360° local-area air defence coverage against multiple simultaneous targets such as sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, helicopters and fast combat jets.
The missile’s soft launch technology eliminates the need for a launcher efflux management system, reducing the overall mass and on-board footprint characteristics.
Brazil’s selection comes after the UK’s Royal Navy (RN) and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) chose Sea Ceptor for integration onto their vessels.
MBDA’s sea-based supersonic missile defence system can also be deployed on a range of platforms, ranging from 50m offshore patrol vessels to large surface versions.
The missile system’s modular design can be tailored to suit individual navy requirements.
Image: MBDA’s Sea Ceptor missile system. Photo: courtesy of MBDA UK.