WATCH: What is Sea Ceptor?

Sea Ceptor is the next-generation, ship-based, all-weather, air defence weapon system that will arm current and future Royal Navy frigates.

Through the use of new advanced technologies, Sea Ceptor provides complete protection against all known and projected air targets.

The weapon system is now in full-scale development for the UK MoD as the principal air defence capability for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 and Type 26 frigates.

The CAMM (Common Anti-Air Modular Missile) series is a family of surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles developed by MBDA for the United Kingdom.

CAMM shares some common features and components with the ASRAAM air-to-air missile, but with updated electronics and an active radar homing seeker.

It is envisioned that the missile will be introduced into all three service branches of the British Armed Forces and is currently scheduled to enter service starting 2016.

The Common Anti-Air Modular Missile is intended to replace the Sea Wolf missile on Type 23 frigates of the Royal Navy, the Rapier missile in British Army service and contribute to the eventual replacement of ASRAAM in service with the Royal Air Force.

The maritime variant known as Sea Ceptor, replaces the Sea Wolf missile system on the Type 23 frigates.

Sea Ceptor can be packed much more tightly, with up to four missiles fitting into the space occupied by one Seawolf. It will also equip the Type 26 Frigates expected to enter service around 2021, and be an available option on any export versions of the Global Combat Ship.

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