The UK and Poland are exploring the idea of cooperating on the development of a ‘Future Common Missile’.

At the Zamość Military Base in Poland today, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak signed an Air Defence Complex Weapons Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This enables the UK and Poland to cooperate in the development and manufacture of current and future complex weapons.

The two ministers also agreed a new working group, which will explore the potential for the UK and Polish Armed Forces to cooperate on the development of a Future Common Missile.

Though requirements for the missile are still in development, it is envisioned to be a medium-to-long range, surface launched missile that can be used in both Land and Maritime environments and will be a development of the CAMM family of missiles.

Managing Director of MBDA UK Chris Allam said:

“To deliver Small Narew to Poland in such an extremely short timeframe is a remarkable achievement, and we’re proud that this has been accomplished through our very close partnership with Polish Grupa Zbrojeniowa and thanks to strong support from the UK government. Today’s agreements launch the next step in Polish-UK missile co-operation and underpins the PGZ-MBDA technology transfer proposal on Narew, while also supporting Pilica+, Miecznik, Tank Destroyer, and other vital projects.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was quoted as saying:

“I’m delighted to be in Zamosc today with my friend and close defence partner Marius Balszczak. We have had a close defence alliance with Poland for over 150 years and as we face the threat from Russia, we need the equipment and the capabilities to safeguard our people and preserve European stability. Our new agreements demonstrate that commitment and the UK’s support for Poland’s defence modernisation plans.”

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eclipse
eclipse
1 year ago

Is this a possibility of us developing a medium-to-long range air defence missile? If so, this is very much so necessary and I would argue just as important as SHORAD and defence against mini-drones.

farouk
farouk
1 year ago
Reply to  eclipse

Interesting subject, Ive just finished reading about how the Russian airforce has been kept at bay by the Ukr SAM missile screen and whilst we have been banging the drum about Stinger Starstreak Piorun NASAMS According to the article I have just read that as of Mid May the Ukrainians operated 20 S-300PT/PS/V1 long range SAM missile sysytems and 30 Buk-M1 as well as 30 early warning radars . In the Donbass area (100 miles by 100 miles) 3 S-300S/Vs abd 4 Buk-M1s was enough to keep the russians at bay with the Buk-M1 deemed the better weapon sysytem. And… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by farouk
Jim
Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  farouk

We have nothing beyond CAMM which is quite shocking. Theatre level air defence and ballistic missile defence is vital for any modern army to fight. We are the only major power the lacks such a capability now. Ukraine has shown just how important a layered missile defence system is. With just the threat of the S300 being enough to keep the Russians Low and in range of MANPADS or operating miles away and wasting their long range cruise missiles.

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

It also highlights how woeful the Russian SEAD capability is. The Kh31 anti-radiation missile that both Ukraine and Russia uses, can only home onto a radar that is transmitting. If the radar goes into standby, the missile looses track and flies off. Unlike HARM, it does not have a GPS receiver. So it cannot correlate a transmission to a fixed position. Which is what HARM does if it looses the emission. Furthermore, all of Ukraine’s fixed SAM sites were taken out by cruise missiles in the first couple of days. Which not only reinforces the need for a 24/7 early… Read more »

Marked
Marked
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

We’ve always been weak on air defence, for some reason it’s been consistently neglected.

Dave Wolfy
Dave Wolfy
1 year ago
Reply to  Marked

Our wonderful RAF.

Tomartyr
Tomartyr
1 year ago
Reply to  Marked

Quite ironic considering Chain Home, though I guess like trains we got there first and then quit while we were ahead.

Jacko
Jacko
1 year ago

I would say given the Poles attitude to defence at the moment this could proceed at pace!

Jack
Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  Jacko

Hopefully they can put a rocket, pardon the pun, up UK MOD.

ETH
ETH
1 year ago

Let’s hope they don’t reinvent CAMM-ER

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

A very sensible country to develop with. The addition of Sweden/Finland would bne an added bonus in this enterprise .

A British Tom
A British Tom
1 year ago

While I welcome this news, Shouldn’t the priority be developing missiles capable of ballistic missile defence?

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
1 year ago
Reply to  A British Tom

A missile with such proposed range would surely fulfil that function

Abritishtom
Abritishtom
1 year ago
Reply to  A British Tom

If they are talking about the CAMMER it only has a range of around 40km, I believe we need something along the line of the SAMP T a land based version of the ASTER missile with at least the block1 NT missiles with options to upgrade to the block 2 as soon as it’s ready.

Joe16
Joe16
1 year ago
Reply to  A British Tom

From the description of it, this would be something of the equivalent of S300, which I believe does have a ballistic missile defence function- certainly for the theatre BMs like Iskander that are seeing a lot of use in Ukraine.

Aaron L
Aaron L
1 year ago
Reply to  A British Tom

I’d agree that ballistic missile defence should be brought forward on the list of things that the MoD needs to get sorted.

Not sure about the feasibility but maybe a NATO wide project for ballistic missile defence to create an Iron Dome like system for the whole alliance?

AlexS
AlexS
1 year ago
Reply to  Aaron L

Too short range.
Germany it seems will buy Arrow 3 and maybe a shorter range system David Sling from Israel.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
1 year ago

Thoughts of cooperating on a medium to long range missile for surface and maritime launch. A development of CAAM. So is CAAM-er not long enough? Not good enough? Perhaps we are looking at a replacement for aster 30 to go on the new destroyers. So we have starstreak for very short range, CAAM for short to medium range and if this development proceeds a medium to long range. I suppose it’s not just the missile that needs development it’s the whole system. Sensors, data links, launchers etc etc. Is it affordable if this study goes anywhere? Maybe ask Ukraine to… Read more »

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 year ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

CAMM is 100kg 25km+
CAMM-ER is 160kg 40km+
ER is made by stretching the centre of the missile to extend its range, it maintains soft-launch capability.

My feel is they might be looking for something with 80-100km+ range and that would be the furthest you could go without requiring a two-stage missile. That would put it marginally below the performance of an SM-2 but they would obviously be trying to keep the size under control, SM-2 at 8m and 1350kg is twice as long and nearly ten times heavier than a Camm-ER making it a lot less portable.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

Interesting if it is a stretched version of CAMM hopefully it results in the UK a ordering it. CAMM is an amazing missile however it is on the short range side for modern combat. If we were going to get a bigger missile for the British army I was hoping for Aster 30 as we could then look at a ballistic missile capability. Can’t imagine even a stretch version of CAMM being effective against ballistic missiles.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

Meteor is 190kg and has 200km of ATA range. I expect adding a soft vertical launch component will result in a SAM range that’s a bit shorter but probably more than 40km.

Can we make a VL SAM Meteo or would giving CAMM air breathing propulsion be easier?

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

Theres a big performance difference in a ground launched weapon which starts with zero kinetic energy and one fired from an aircraft at 30,000+ feet travelling close to Mach 1. You can see the same with Brimstone where if launched from a helicopter it doubles the range of being launched from the ground and being launched from a jet triples it.

FieldLander
FieldLander
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

Meteor has a solid fuelled ramjet, launched at speed. Not appropriate to SVL. I suspect. It would need a substantial boost motor to get it to speed.

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 year ago
Reply to  FieldLander

No, the ramjet’s exhaust contains a booster rocket, which leaves the exhaust empty after burn-out. It will easily get it past Mach 1 from a standing start.

Adding reaction motors to the tail of the missile is doable, just like they did with ASRAAM when making it into a CAMM. At 190kg it can be flung into the air by the soft-launch system.

FieldLander
FieldLander
1 year ago
Reply to  DaveyB

Agreed re the boost motor, I forgot about that. I wondered if | would get picked up on it. SVL less likely.

Last edited 1 year ago by FieldLander
Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 year ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

Update from informed sources in Poland, they are colloquially calling this the CAMM-EX and are seeing it as a cheaper PAC-3 MSE missile to use in their Patriot batteries alongside the PAC-3 MSE they have bought.
PAC-3 MSE has a ceiling of about 24km at 40km, and a range of upto 70km against lower targets

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

That would be a very useful missile, especially if keeps the diameter of CAMM.

That would give a reasonably priced missile for a lot of purposes. Replace some of the CAMM launchers in a T26.

if it can be quad packed in mark 41 silos, that would be very useful, adding more area air defence options for the T26, T32 and T26 would be very potent.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 year ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

That would be a very interesting missile to have in the stockpiles.

The main thing about CAMM is that it is relatively cheap so you can afford to have reloads.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
1 year ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

I am assuming this is primarily initially linked to the supply by the UK of the short range (CAMM) aspect of the layered defence system being developed by Poland. Clearly they will be building their version of the missile which the stated transfer of IP shows, which no doubt was important in winning the contract, it will also be used on the new Polish Frigate(s) too, so they want internal production. Now there are two further layers to this Integrated Air Defence network they are building, all integrated into their early warning and control set up that is very different… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Spyinthesky
OkamsRazor
OkamsRazor
1 year ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Also Patriot and other US missiles are eye wateringly expensive, Polish production and MOD imprimatur would be a big export advantage.

Rudeboy
Rudeboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

I don’t think this is a SAM…

I think its Land Precision Strike…

A rather tasty CAMM/Brimstone mash-up revealed at DSEi 2019, then reshown at DVD 2022..

https://www.mbda-systems.com/product/land-precision-strike/

Redlath
Redlath
1 year ago
Reply to  Rudeboy

I agree with you Rudeboy I think it is land precision strike as well, If you Google ,
‘ Land precision strike’ there is a ministery of defence document claiming it has atleast 80 km range. It looks like an excellent idea being able to put different seeker heads on the same missle body. There some other interesting stuff on there as well. I have copied the link below. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/22672/documents/166603/default/&ved=2ahUKEwiS9rPS58n6AhVuSkEAHUttCf0QFnoECAYQAQ&usg=AOvVaw2fk3aenylAxOB8uf1G9s2b

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 year ago

This would be top of my shopping list.

Mid priced, mid ranges multi purpose missile that can be made in large quantities.

We certainly have the tech to do this very, very well.

Also with a partner who will press the accelerator pedal….

Bravo.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
1 year ago

Just been checking out the Pilica+ As that wasn’t familiar to me. It’s the further development of the mobile air defence system Poland has ie the +. It’s to acquire Camm launchers which increases its range from 6.5 to around 25 km. it’s prime function is to protect the Patriot batteries. So I wonder if the reference to ‘longer range missiles’ is actually relating to the increase in range that CAMM offers it’s mobile defence batteries, rather than any immediate plans to increase the range of CAMM itself. Could be either I guess though still looks like setting the parameters… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Spyinthesky
Jon
Jon
1 year ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

I don’t understand. Given CAMM’s soft launch feature, why would CAMM have a shorter range when fired from missile batteries?

The headline says developing “Future Common Missile” which really sounds like a new missile.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jon
dan
dan
1 year ago

Too bad Germany doesn’t take defense as seriously as Poland does…..

Dave b
Dave b
1 year ago
Reply to  dan

I think you’ll find Germany will along with others who are reluctant to acknowledge the current dangers in the world will act very differently if Russia fires off a tactical nuke but then maybe it’ll be too late.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave b

The UK are already vowing to increase defence spending to 3% GDP. I can’t imagine France will sit on it’s wallet and be left behind either.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jack
Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

You never can tell with France, they tend to do exactly what they want and not really take much notice of others.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
1 year ago
Reply to  dan

I think it’s beginning to, ironically it’s the expansion of Poland to very possibly becoming the biggest land power in Europe that appears to upset German defence sensibilities than actually having a rabid Putin threatening a wider war. They have a problem with Poland being more powerful than them especially as it’s not toeing the EU line these days.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  dan

I wonder if you drew up a list of UK vehicles, weapons and equipment and then a list of their German equivalents and then allowed British squaddies to chose which they would like to operate, i wonder what their selection list would look like. How much would would be British and how much would be German ?

Jon
Jon
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

Germany have taken Defence with a capital D very seriously, but less so defence, the act of defending itself and its allies. German Defence is a nice little export earner and their quality is pretty good.

Until last year German seemed convinced that Ostpolitik continued to keep them safe from any Russian threat, and it might have if it wasn’t for the fact that “shit happens”. Shit always happens and the best laid plans of German chancellors need a plan B involving a big stick. 2022 is Germany’s post-Merkel year of relearning.

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago

Well if it keeps the same diameter of CAMM and be quad packed in a M41 silo that gives the T26 and T31 some good options for area defence.

Also if it keeps its anti surface warfare capability that would be very interesting a 80km, Mach 3+ ( probably 200kg) missile, cheap and plentiful on all RN escorts…

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonathans

What is this quad pack Mk 41 fixation everyone has? If you want to spend 15 mil for 8 Mk41 hot launch tubes to quad pack a cold launch missile into you can I suppose. Or for less money just build the CAMM launch boxes into the ship. The T23 mushrooms are like that because of the old Sea Wolf VL system. CAMM on T23 was done to get it to see as quickly as possible with as little structural rework as possible. A new build launch system doesn’t need to look like a T23 silo. The silo could be… Read more »

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

It’s not an obsession it’s just what they are sticking on the type 26 and probably the T31. interesting I did read a piece that looked at the strategic influences of navies and to different tools that a power can use. It specifically noted US escorts as being a different level of strategic asset compared to a European escort and this was based around the ambiguity created by the large numbers of MK41 strike length launchers carried. Effectively premise was the US has turned its escorts into strategic threats/tools as no one knows just how many tomahawks they are carrying/what… Read more »

OkamsRazor
OkamsRazor
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonathans

Did the article refer to the current sorry state of the USN surface fleet. Having to purchase European frigates and not having a replacement for its 50 year old AB designs and the travails of the Ford class?

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago
Reply to  OkamsRazor

Nope it was not an article on the wasteful and profligate (slightly incompetent) USN procurement, but instead focused on navies as strategic tools and levers. What it did present well was why a AB was a great strategic tool that a European style escort. Which is cogent as ship with an unknown quantity of tomahawks/cruise missiles sitting in your region is a far greater geopolitical influencer that a T45 or T23. Not saying that an AB is a better ASW ship than a type 23 ( it’s not) or a better air defence platform ( again its not unless you… Read more »

OkamsRazor
OkamsRazor
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonathans

Fair enough, but I would have thought that an aircraft carrier or nuclear sub performs this function equally well, whereas the ABs are now a very old jack-of-all-trades master of none.

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago
Reply to  OkamsRazor

Indeed and but it was discussing different tools, the aircraft carrier is essentially an overwhelming threat and is the only thing a peer nation would take notice of, but for many things it’s a sledgehammer to crack a nut and even for the states there are a limited number. SSNs are more of an implied threat, unless you are actually using them ( so if your actually going to strike the SSN is the best tool) but what makes an SSN a great strike resource also means the power your putting pressure on may just think “ your bluffing I’m… Read more »

Netking
Netking
1 year ago
Reply to  OkamsRazor

“current sorry state of the USN surface fleet.”

If the most dominant and capable surface fleet on the planet by a vast margin is described this way, I’m curious to hear how you describe lesser navies.

Last edited 1 year ago by Netking
OkamsRazor
OkamsRazor
1 year ago
Reply to  Netking

Having worked in risk management where rose tinted glasses are not an option, I tend to comment based on evidence. Just as there are economies of scale, there are also diseconomies of scale. Therefore, just as the US Navy is undoubtedly the foremost global navy, it undoubtedly has serious structural problems, in training, ship procurement and financial management (see various audit reports and mismanagement/risk reviews).

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  OkamsRazor

Sounds like they have alot in common with the MOD!

OkamsRazor
OkamsRazor
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris

Difference is like an elephant to a mouse, analogy naturally is adjusted for scale! UKDJs seem to have a peculiar rose tinted view of USD, the waste is just enormous and makes the MOD look fantastic (only 1 cock-up per service per generation!).
One egregious example is congress forcing the military to buy stuff they don’t want or forcing them to keep stuff the don’t want. This beggars belief in any rational system.

Julian
Julian
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonathans

I can see that argument re MK41 but in reality an all-MK41 ship is almost certainly not going to be an entirely unknown quantity to any potential adversary. Surely any ship is going to carry some defensive missiles rather than rely entirely on soft kill and/or CIWS so any enemy could reasonably safely assume that a certain number of the MK41 will not be carrying offensive missiles but will be carrying (possibly quad-packed) some number of short and possibly also medium/long range defensive missiles. If everyone knows that a certain number of MK41 will be carrying defensive missiles then, if… Read more »

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago
Reply to  Julian

I think people are misunderstanding what I said, I’m not actually advocating the RN should go for a whole Mk41 silo load out that would not work as the cold launch system for CAMM takes up far less space and is a lot cheaper than MK41 launchers. But what having strike length MK41 silos means is that your average nation would have no idea what that escort could or could not do in regards to surface strike. An AB could easily have a devastating strike package, 20-40 tomahawks on board or it could have not a lot, but a nation… Read more »

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Exactly so.

Cold launch has many advantages – the first being cost as compressed gas is well cheap!

Why you would want to bother putting a cheap munition that can be lunched from simple tubes and clogging up your expensive full length VLS slots is beyond me?

the only thing that achieves is increasing cost and complexity.

CAMM is a sovereign tech solution. Once it is in a VLS then it is a hybrid that we don’t control bits of the IP of.

Best off as we are: dedicated full length VLS and a separate cold launch array.

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago

That’s really the great thing with both CAMM cold launch and Mk41 silos and this is the thing with the MK41 if we are putting in the MK41 silos anyway, we can add whatever the RN wants, has or needs. It’s not really a zero sum question, if we are having MK41 launchers why would we say well we’re not going to quad pack CAMM or a new longer ranged version as we always and only put them cold launch systems. Agree we should be having the cheap cold launch system for CAMM it’s cheap ( ish) and has a… Read more »

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonathans

If you put a Mk 41 on a ship put something worth while in it like a 5+ M strike length Tomahawk.
Forget ambiguity. An RN ship with CAMM in dedicated launchers means everyone else will know that the Mk41 has a latest Block Tomahawk that can be Anti Ship or Land attack. That will focus their attention when it gets a few hundred Kms from the coast.

Jonathans
Jonathans
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Very true, but when you have a budge that means scrimping and not buying At the right level to ensure every launcher is full a bit of ambiguity works. Personally I agree the RN should fill every silo on every deployment and it would make a greater impact. Also sometimes you may just need more AAW and less strike, so flexibility is good as well and if you can pack in some more CAMMs on something with limited numbers, if that’s the what’s needed to manage the threat then why not. After all CAMM has an ASuW role as well… Read more »

OkamsRazor
OkamsRazor
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

The voice of wisdom is always welcome, American stuff is expensive, not necessarily the best and there is no incentive in the US system to make it cheaper.

Jon
Jon
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

“The silo could be a group of the square topped CAMM launch boxes (just as the Army Sky sabre is on its truck) next to each other achieving a good VLS density without all the complexities and cost of a Mk41.” Yes! But why isn’t it? Why not have 96 silos instead of 24 in the same space? You wouldn’t even have to have them all hooked up initially if you didn’t want to spring for the launch controllers. You wouldn’t have to buy more missiles to put in it. Both are statements of intent. Being forced to remove and… Read more »

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 year ago
Reply to  Jon

The launch control boxes and cables are not that big an issue. They are pretty similar in size and function to the old SW VL boxes.
I think the number of missiles you can put in the air isd the limiting factor for the data link…not that 16 missiles going in 16 different directions at 16 different targets at different altitudes and speeds is much of a limiting factor!

FieldLander
FieldLander
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Here here.or is it hear hear?

Rudeboy
Rudeboy
1 year ago

Its been pointed out elsewhere that the Government press release does not mention that it is a Surface to Air Missile. Indeed any such development would likely tread on the toes of CAMM-ER.

The good news is I think we can figure out what this missile actually is…

MBDA Land Precision Strike….a CAMM/Brimstone mash up…its rather glorious…

https://www.mbda-systems.com/product/land-precision-strike/

Joss
Joss
1 year ago
Reply to  Rudeboy

“Defence Ministers sign agreement to work closely on Air Defence Complex Weapons”

It’s literally the first line of the press release. In fact its referenced all over it, including CAMM and Narew. What on earth are you reading?

Rudeboy
Rudeboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Rudeboy

I should add…Polish sources are saying it will be a new CAMM variant that is even longer ranged than CAMM-ER…specifically for use with the Polish Patriot system alongside PAC-3 as a cheaper missile than PAC-3 (which isn’t hard..).

And the Poles are still going to be using CAMM on Pilica, CAMM-ER on the full NAREW system…with ‘CAMM-EX’ on the Patriot system and new Arrowhead 140 Frigates…

We could be getting a long range SAM by default here…

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 year ago
Reply to  Rudeboy

Hopefully CAMM-Ex can then be used on British T31/32/83s and maybe even the T45s and Carriers. It’s all great news but they need to get a bloody move on as UK GBAD is practically non-existent and kind of needed now. But good that there’s energy to further develop UK missile tech. They could have gone with Italy on a tri-nation evolved CAMM-ER? Anyway carry on 🇬🇧 🇵🇱! Any news on the AShMs front?

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 year ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Sorry, I left off the T26s. Good to see the evolution of the CAMM which hopefully, like the ESSM, be quad-packed or just more tightly packed and be carried in greater numbers in a smaller space. It would potentially give the T26s a greater secondary AAW ability, something I think the Australian and Canadian T26s currently have over the UKs. And will the current CAMM silos be able to take the CAMM-EX?

Rudeboy
Rudeboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

CAMM-ER seems to be the mid tier missile, and by all accounts we’re still looking at it for 7 AD. To be honest if CAMM-LR or EX, or whatever, gets developed CAMM-ER could be left out in the cold a little.

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 year ago
Reply to  Rudeboy

It will depend on how the CAMM-EX is packaged. Currently CAMM-ER’s container will fit in the same width space as that used by a CAMM container. It is longer, but like the Sky Sabre mounting on the truck, it is already designed to be accomodated. How, this works with a mushroom style launcher in a T23, I’ll leave to Gunbuster. But I’d suspect there’s scope to make the ship containers either slightly deeper, or that they can protrude into the air a bit more. I would expect the T26 and T31 to be designed to accommodate the longer containers. To… Read more »

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 year ago
Reply to  Rudeboy

The PAC-3 Patriot was specifically designed to counter theatre to medium range ballistic missiles. The missiles themselves are classed as hittles. The warhead has been reduced in size. Which may explain why it CAMM is being doubled up with it.

donald_of_tokyo
donald_of_tokyo
1 year ago

If CAMM-EX is designed to fit within Patriot PAC-3 MSE missile launcher, its length shall be 4.85 m. As CAMM-ER is 4.2 m long (0.6 m longer than 3.6 m CAMM), we can add 0.65 m of booster (can Sea Wolf VLS booster be re-used? It similar sized). Extended by 15% but with a bit fatter diameter, let’s assume, say, 20% of mass increase. This gives 160*1.2 = 190 kg missile. Not bad I think? As the missile gets longer, initial maneuvor may get worse. But, for the close-in reaction, we have CAMM. CAMM to >20 km CAMM-ER to >45… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by donald_of_tokyo
Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 year ago

Once you start getting back to hot launch then the silo, efflux management, launch tube construction, hang fire water drench, missile tip over etc all start to get very complex again.
If ivan can manage to cold launch a 200 tonne, 40m long Satan2 ICBM I’m sure that some tefal-headed missile nerd at MBDA can work out how to do it for a 3-4 m long 200kg CAMM EX, Y or Z!

donald_of_tokyo
donald_of_tokyo
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

I agree even with added booster, there is no need to “get back to hot launch”. Let’s keep it cold to make it cool. 😀