Sea Ceptor is the latest generation, ship-based, all-weather, air defence weapon system, based on the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM).
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 production for the UK MOD as the principal air defence capability for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 and Type 26 frigates.
Sea Ceptor will protect both the host ship and high value units in the local area. The weapon system has the capability to intercept and thereby neutralise the full range of current and future threats including combat aircraft and the new generation of supersonic anti-ship missiles. Capable of multiple channels of fire, the system will also counter saturation attacks.
Sea Ceptor was fielded in 2017 as a replacement of VL Seawolf for the remaining life of the Type 23s, after which it will equip the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The Sea Ceptor Defence System will deliver significantly greater capability at a reduced cost.
Sea Ceptor can be easily retrofitted into a wide range of platforms, ranging from 50 m OPVs to frigates and destroyers. Two main features provide this flexibility. Firstly, the use of ‘soft-launch’ weapon technology for a compact launch system that can easily be installed in a number of locations. Sea Ceptor can be targeted from the ship’s existing surveillance radar and therefore does not require dedicated fire control radars.
Sea Ceptor operates quad-packed from Mk41 VLS, ExLS and from other launchers in a flexible range of configuration options. The Soft Vertical Launch technology reduces system mass and eases installation. The Command & Control System is designed to enable rapid integration with both new and existing naval combat systems.
Sea Ceptor can be configured to either provide the full functionality to operate as an independent air defence capability or to operate as an integrated layer within a higher command & control architecture hosted on the ship’s Combat Management System.