The British Royal Navy's Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has successfully conducted the first firings of MBDA's Sea Ceptor weapon system.
The firing marks a major milestone in bringing the Type 23 frigate back into service with the Royal Navy following a life-extension refit programme.
Sea Ceptor is an advanced, ship-based, all-weather air-defence weapon system that uses the company’s latest common anti-air modular missile (CAMM).
MBDA UK managing director and Sales & Business Development executive group director Dave Armstrong said: “Sea Ceptor is the most modern air-defence system of its type in the world, and will provide a step-change in capability to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.”
The weapon system will provide the HMS Argyll with advanced self-defence capabilities and offer local area air-defence competency to defend consort vessels within a maritime task group.
Sea Ceptor is capable of providing enhanced protection against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other serious threats, and can also be used to protect the navy’s future Type 26 frigates.
HMS Argyll is slated to carry out further trials of the new weapon system before returning to frontline service.
The system will replace the Sea Wolf weapon system on all the Type 23 vessels as part of a life-extension programme that is currently being co-ordinated through the Surface Ship Support Alliance, which comprises the UK Ministry of Defence, Babcock and BAE Systems.
Image: Sea Ceptor firing from the HMS Argyll. Photo: courtesy of MBDA.