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HMS Argyll fires Sea Ceptor

6th September 2017 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Royal Navy's new Sea Ceptor air missile defence system has been fired from Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll for the first time in successful trials, it was announced on 4 September.

The missiles were launched from Argyll off the coast of Scotland. 

The Sea Ceptor system, which uses MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), is being fitted to replace the Sea Wolf weapon system on the Type 23 frigates as part of a life-extension programme.

HMS Argyll, the first Type 23 vessel to undergo the life-extension work, will conduct further firing trials of the Sea Ceptor system before returning to frontline service. 

Sea Ceptor will provide protection against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other threats.The missile’s aerodynamic design provides improved performance in the air and makes it highly compact for installation onboard ship. Sea Ceptor uses a soft vertical launch system that reduces the impact of a traditional hot launch missile on both the ship and the crew.

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