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Royal Navy Destroyers to Receive Counter Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted MBDA to outfit six Type 45 Destroyers with Maritime Ballistic Missile Defence detect and destroy capability.

The 300 million pounds ($375 million) Sea Viper Evolution project will make the Royal Navy the first European naval operator of the counter anti-ship ballistic missile system.

The upgrade covers “converting existing missiles to the Aster 30 Block 1 standard, as well as updates to the SAMPSON multi-function radar and Sea Viper command and control missile system,” the MoD stated.

Aster Missile Marine Version

The land-based Aster 30 Block 1 missile currently deployed by France and Italy will be developed into a maritime version under the contract.

The Block 1 version will feature a Ku-band seeker allowing for the ‘neutralization’ of ballistic threats at up to 600 kilometers (373 miles), including targets with a “lower radar cross section,” MBDA claims.

“This demonstrates the UK commitment to delivering a cutting-edge maritime Air Defense Capability,” Defense Equipment & Support CEO Sir Simon Bollom said.

” Sea Viper Evolution will deliver a significant uplift in capability and brings to a close many years of detailed planning and activity by the Maritime Air and Weapons team in DE&S.” 

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