A leading developer and manufacturer of missile systems company MBDA, reports that the Department of Defense has won the contract England FLAADS (future local air defense system). Under this agreement at £ 483 million, MBDA will develop a naval air defense system under the title SEA CEPTOR that will change the vertical triggered Seawolf air defense system at the present time standing on the Type 23 frigates the Royal Navy. Noteworthy that the system SEA CEPTOR also be equipped with a global successor to the Type 23, Type 26 combat ship (Global Combat Ship).
SEA CEPTOR is the second big project, started in accordance with the agreement Portfolio Management Agreement (PMA), signed in March 2010 between MBDA and the Ministry of Defence of England. In accordance with this agreement, MBDA will be responsible for project management at the cost of 4 billion pounds over 10 years.
During a visit MBDA Defence Minister Peter Luff (Peter Luff) to discuss the agreement, he said: "The development of this missile system is a big push to Favourites missile industry in the world and the united kingdom again proves our zeal to provide the armed forces with modern technology. introduction of this advanced missile system not only will allow only the Tsar's fleet to continue to protect our interests, regardless of their location, and significantly support the capacity and ability of England in the development of weapons systems. "
Executive Technical Director Steve Wade (Steve Wadey) said: "This agreement is important for several reasons. First, it ensures that the emergence of SEA CEPTOR Royal Navy will have the best equipment to protect ships and their crews from the increasing danger. Agreement also is the principal example of how the industry together with the Ministry of Defence are able to provide the military needs more cost-effective method. "
"This is also a very important step in maintaining and promoting excellence in the development of England demanding military technology. Important to note that SEA CEPTOR quite suitable for the global combat ship Type 26, also a wide range of other ships. It is very topical for many navies for Worldwide, zaiteresovanyh in marine air defense systems of the latest generation, able to withstand the growing anti-ship threats. "
SEA CEPTOR protect itself ship and principal protected and that the objects they will be able to neutralize the full range of current and future threats, including military aircraft and a new generation of supersonic anti-ship missiles. The ability to conduct multi shooting system will also be able to reflect the massive attacks. Noteworthy that due to SEA CEPTOR will be provided with an overvalued level of defense for the remaining ships in service Type 23 at low cost to it. System will be operational by the middle of this decade, then it will be equipped ships the Royal Navy Type 26, Type 23, which will change after 2020.
The main factor SEA CEPTOR design philosophy is to keep it simple integration. Despite the fact that the system is designed specifically for the global combat ships, SEA CEPTOR may just be integrated into a wide range of platforms, from 50-meter coastal patrol vessels to large surface ships. The fact that the system is easy to replace the existing air defense system Type 23, with evidence of its modular flexibility.
Such resiliency provides two principal functions. SEA CEPTOR is a "soft run" tool, on this very small-sized launcher can be placed in most places of the lower and upper decks. What is even more fundamentally, because the SEA CEPTOR represents a very accurate and high-speed system uses precise missile guidance systems, SEA CEPTOR is the interaction with existing ship radar. For this reason, the system does not require special fire control radars on which depend the semi-active guidance systems. There is a very highest degree of commonality between the SEA CEPTOR and based on CEPTOR ground version.
At the company MBDA located in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, England and the United States employs approximately 10,000 people. In 2010, the Group's turnover of 2.8 billion euro headed for a satchel orders 10.8 billion euros. Concern clients are more than 90 armed forces in the world. 37.5% owned by MBDA group BAE Systems, 37.5% EADS and 25% Finmeccanica.
The rocket will be pushed out of the transport and launch container generator independent of pressure in the direction of the target. It is armed with an active guidance system that allows the missile to refocus the loss of her initial goal. Missile can cover the area of 500 square miles (the approximate radius of its actions — 40 km).