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MBDA has received the first contract for its ALBATROS NG new generation naval air defence system, the company announced on 3 March.

Based on the extended range variant of the Common Anti-air Modular (CAMM-ER) system, ALBATROS NG will be in service with the as yet undisclosed customer by 2024. The system is intended to provide an air defence capability for platforms ranging from patrol vessels and corvettes to destroyers, and to offer larger vessels, which may already have longer-range capabilities, a complementary layer of defence. It can be easily integrated, without significant changes, in the host platform’s design; its C2 capability designed to enable flexible integration with both new and existing naval combat management systems.

The CAMM-ER missile is capable of providing self-defence and local area defence functionality to counter the evolving airborne threat at ranges exceeding 40km; it will be integrated in the new ground-based air defence systems for the Italian Army and Air Force. CAMM family systems have already been delivered to the British Army, to the Royal Navy and to several export nations.

Air defence systems using the CAMM and CAMM-ER missiles can provide users with advanced protection against the ever-evolving air threat, including manned and unmanned aircraft, precision guided munitions, terrain-following/sea-skimming missiles, and low radar cross-section targets; all in the presence of the latest countermeasures.

ALBATROS NG is based largely on the extended range variant of the CAMM missile family. (Image: MBDA)

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