British Army has unveiled its next generation ground based Sky Sabre medium range air defense system, at the home of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, Baker Barracks on Thorney Island.
The Sky Sabre, earlier known as the Land Ceptor, will replace the short range Rapier Field Standard C surface-to-air missile system currently operational and is slated to service in 2020.
The integrated air defense system will be operated both by the Army and the Royal Air Force.
The system consist the MBDA launcher that fires the CAMM missile, the Saab radar targeting system, aptly named the Giraffe because of its extending neck and the command and the Rafael control electronics suite from which the system is operated.
Israeli Rafael supplies its Modular, Integrated C4I Air & Missile Defense System (MIC4AD) as the the battle management command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (BMC4I) solution for Sky Sabre.
Army unveils Sky Sabre Air Defence system, due in service in 2020, and will greatly improve UK air defence. Full story: https://t.co/uVnWBVQ3nP pic.twitter.com/SBhNmdeMeB— British Army (@BritishArmy) February 7, 2018
The Sky Sabre is a highly compact system, with the 12 missile launchers and the Saab Giraffe Radar integrated on a high mobility Rheinmetall MAN HX family 4x4 truck.
Designed and manufactured by MBDA in the UK, the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) is designed for use both at sea and on land and provide 360 degree coverage, and is based on the MBDA ASRAAM air to air missile.
It has the capability to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other highly sophisticated threats.
The CAMM is equipped with an active radar frequency seeker, that provides true all-weather performance with excellent clutter rejection capabilities. The missile weights 99 kg and has a range of more than 25 km.
CAMM will also be deployed as the Sea Ceptor to protect Royal Navy’s Type 23 and future Type 26 warships.