MBDA has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin Canada to equip the Royal Canadian
Navy’s new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) with the Sea Ceptor air defence weapon system.
Utilising the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) as its effector, Sea Ceptor will undertake the
Close-In Air Defence System (CIADS) role on-board the new CSC frigates.
Sea Ceptor provides exceptional self-defence performance, with a rapid response time and a high
rate of fire to defeat multiple threats simultaneously. Its state-of-the-art Soft Vertical Launch (SVL)
technology enables full 360° coverage with close range performance normally only associated with
trainable launcher systems. Sea Ceptor will be integrated with Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat
Management System 330 (CMS 330) as part of a multi-tier air defence capability. The CAMM missiles
will be quad packed in Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launcher System (ExLS), which is part of the
Mk41 family of vertical launcher systems.
MBDA’s role on CSC will create a positive impact on the Canadian defence industry and its supply
chain through Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) policy. This contract will bring
significant investment by MBDA in research and development to Canada across a wide range of
technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and advanced materials. This investment
will be made across small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), academia and other key industries
across Canada, supporting high technology jobs. In addition, the CSC program will further strengthen
the partnership between MBDA and Lockheed Martin Canada, which has already seen Sea Ceptor
and CMS330 providing world-class air defence capabilities to the Royal New Zealand Navy and the
MBDA is jointly owned by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%) and is the only European defence group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile
systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed
forces (land, sea and air).