UK’s £850m Sea Ceptor Missile System Enters Service

May 24, 2018

Defense World:

UK’s new Sea Ceptor missile system worth £850 million meant to protect Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers has entered service.

“Sea Ceptor provides a shield against airborne threats, including hostile combat jets, helicopters and other missiles, and has been developed and manufactured through Ministry of Defence contracts worth around £850m,” UK MoD said in a statement Thursday.

It will be carried by the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates, and has been demonstrated through a trials and test firing campaign that started last year. Most recently, Plymouth-based HMS Montrose became the third ship to test fire the system.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “HMS Argyll will be the first ship to deploy with this system when it heads to support peace and security in the Asia Pacific region later this year.”

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