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Saudi Arabia Picks MBDA Surface-to-Air Missiles for Combat Ships

Saudi Arabia has selected MBDA US to supply surface-to-air missiles for its multi-mission surface combatant ships.

The $145-million contract requires the company to produce and deliver the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) in collaboration with Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

According to MBDA, its CAMM air defense missile features advanced technologies to provide improved protection against all known air-based targets.

“CAMM has an active RF seeker that provides true all-weather performance with excellent clutter rejection capabilities,” the firm states on its website.

Work for the contract will be carried out in England and the US, with an expected completion date of January 2027.

Unforeseen Change

In 2015, the US State Department approved the potential sale of four multi-mission surface combatant ships to Saudi Arabia.

It said that the vessels would be equipped with Raytheon’s RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles and SeaRAM close-in weapon systems.

However, Lockheed Martin revealed during a defense expo in Paris last year that the ships would instead be fitted with the CAMM.

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