A ship-based air defense weapon system, Sea Ceptor is designed to provide a high level of protection against various types of threats. Its mission is to counteract and defeat several air targets at the same time. What makes it so powerful is the next-generation Soft Vertical Launch (SVL) technology, that provides full 360 degrees coverage. This gives the Sea Ceptor a close range performance of over 15,5 miles (25 km), unusual for this type of missile system.
This supersonic-speed weapon weighs around 218 lbs. (99 kg), is 10 ft. (3.2 m) long and has a diameter of 6.5 inches (17 cm) diameter. And, if you’re wondering what exactly is it capable of, know that the Sea Ceptor can protect not only the ship it is on, but also any important assets in the surrounding area.
It has been tested for both current and future threats and, according to the manufacturer, it’s fully capable of neutralizing combat aircraft, as well as the latest supersonic anti-ship missiles.
MBDA also built this missile system as an adaptable weapon. Thanks to its compact launch system and low weight, based on “soft-launch” weapon technology, it fits easily into different types of locations and it’s easier to install. Plus, it doesn’t need dedicated fire control radars, because it can be adapted to the ship’s own radar sensors.
This new air defense weapon system is integrated in Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat Management System 330 (CMS 330) and will operate from Mk41 launchers.
“Sea Ceptor delivers next generation technology that will help protect the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy as they carry out their missions around the world on-board the advanced new CSC frigates.” – said Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA.