Analysing the UK's Sea Ceptor missile system

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By Nick Young

Much hype and pomp was made on the announcement of the £483 million demonstration contract for the development of a new hardkill system called Sea Ceptor, previously known as common anti-air modular missile (CAMM). This weapon system is the proposed solution for the future local anti-air defence system (FLAADS) aimed at replacing and improving the capability currently provided by the Seawolf missile system. The aim of Sea Ceptor is to provide local area defence (LAD) for both naval platforms and land based assets, primarily against anti-ship missiles (ASM).

For all the hype a detailed analysis on Sea Ceptor’s capabilities was lacking, which is what this paper will look to address.