MBDA Sea Ceptor Air Defense Missile System Selected for Canadian Navy Surface Combatants



According to a Tweet posted by NavyLookout on November 6, 2020, the MBDA Sea Ceptor air defense missile system has been selected for Canadian surface combatant ships. The Canadian Navy plans to acquire 15 ships to replace retired Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class frigates, at an estimated cost of $ 56 billion to $ 60 billion.
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Artistic rendering of the new surface combatant for the Canadian Navy. (Image source Canadian Navy)

Canada’s defense policy, “Strong, Secure, Engaged” (SSE), has committed to investing in 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships. These ships will be the main surface component of Canada’s maritime combat power.

Recapitalize the Royal Canadian Navy Surface Combatant Fleet by replacing and updating the capabilities of recently retired Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class multipurpose frigates and providing ammunition, training, support and l necessary infrastructure. The new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) will ensure that Canada can continue to monitor and defend its waters and make a significant contribution to international naval operations.

The Canadian Surface Fighter Contract was signed on February 7, 2019. Lockheed Martin Canada has been selected by Irving Shipbuilding and the Government of Canada for the contract to design Canada’s new Surface Fighter Fleet. The ship will be based on the Type 26 frigate offered by Lockheed Martin Canada and BAE Systems.

The Canadian Surface Combatant will be 492 ft (150 m) long and have a displacement of 8,000. The ship will be equipped with advanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities. It will be armed with a 24-cell Mk 41 VLS (Vertical Launch System) for Tomahawk cruise missiles and other long-range strike weapons, a 48-cell silo for Sea Ceptor air defense missiles and d ‘a 5 inch naval gun. The cockpit will be able to operate helicopters the size of a CH-47 Chinook.

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The Sea Ceptor is a new generation of airborne, all-weather air defense missile system developed and designed by MBDA. The weapon system has the ability to intercept and therefore neutralize the full range of current and future threats, including fighter jets and the new generation of supersonic anti-ship missiles. Capable of multiple fire channels, the system will also counter saturation attacks.

Sea Ceptor will operate from SYLVER and Mk41 launchers using a quad-pack configuration, various flexible canister configurations are also available. Soft Vertical Launch technology reduces the weight of the system and facilitates installation. The missile has a maximum firing range of 25 km.



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