British Army Unveils Sky Sabre Air Defence System

The British Army unveiled the Sky Sabre air defence missile system at Baker Barracks, the home of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, on Thorney Island.

Sky Sabre, developed for the UK Sky Sabre ground-based air defence (GBAD) requirement, is due in service in 2020 and will prove to be a step change in the UK’s air defences, taking it from short to medium range capability. Simply put that means being able to hit an enemy target that much further out, way beyond visual range.

Speaking at the unveiling Air Commodore Ian Gale MBE Senior Responsible Officer for the introduction of the system (Project Director) said “You are seeing the future here today, you can’t replace like for like in the digital age.

“This will take the Army from short to medium range, It is a truly integrated air defence system that will be operated both by the Army and the Royal Air Force. It has significant benefits; it’s fast, reliable and trusted”.

This was the first time that the three principal components of the system had come together; the launcher with misssiles, radar system, and the command and control system. The system will replace the Army’s Rapier air defence system.

Missile Launcher

The launcher vehicle is based on the MAN SV HX60 8×8 truck and is equipped with 12 launch tubes that fires the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM).

Equipped with an active radar frequency seeker, CAMM is a next generation air defence missile designed for land, sea, and air environments; in its land-based application (Land Ceptor) it will replace the Rapier Field Standard C surface-to-air missile system. The UK Royal Navy equivalent is designated Sea Ceptor.

Compared to Rapier, Land Ceptor has over triple the range (25 km+) and is able to intercept the most challenging targets in any weather conditions, including cruise missiles and precision guided munitions (PGM).

Radar System

The radar of the air defense system is the Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) medium-range 3-D radar surveillance system provided by Swedish company, Saab.

Command and Control

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will supply its Modular, Integrated C4I Air & Missile Defense System (MIC4AD) as the battle management command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (BMC4I) solution for Sky Sabre.

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