British Army Tests Land Ceptor
Successful Firing Trials for MBDA’s Latest Air Defence Missile System
The British Army tested its future air defence missile system, the Land Ceptor, at a location in Sweden near the Baltic Sea. The MOD has announced that the firing trials were successful.
The Land Ceptor was successfully deployed against an aerial target. The vehicle launched missile system comprises the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM), a launcher vehicle and two unit support vehicles.
Announcing the successful firing trials, the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, said:
In the face of intensifying threats, it is vital that our Armed Forces have the capabilities to keep Britain safe. Land Ceptor will be a formidable battlefield barrier, protecting our troops from strikes and enemy aircraft while on operations.
Fielded by 16 Regiment, Royal Artillery, the Land Ceptor is rapidly deployable system that can be ready within 20 minutes. It is intended to protect land forces from aerial threats, including hostile air-launched munitions and military aircraft.
The Land Ceptor is the Army’s version of the Sea Ceptor now being fitted to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.
Image: Land Ceptor being launched at an undisclosed location in Sweden (Crown Copyright, 2018).