MBDA and Poland signed on the joint development of CAMM-MR, a medium range variant of the CAMM air defense family, at MSPO held earlier this month in Poland, extending existing cooperation even further.
In an interview with defensehere.com, the Head of Media relation of MBDA UK, Nick de Larrinaga stated that “MBDA is a company that is based around multinational corporation, European company with strong footprints in France, the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. And here in Poland we've got a strong partnership with PGZ and are here discussing a number of programs in which we're working with them to deliver equipment to the Polish armed forces.”
Introducing the launcher of the CAMM defense missile displayed at the MSPO, Larrinaga said “It's a system that's been procured by the Polish armed forces. And in fact, there's a real version of this launcher outside the front that's in service today with the Polish military.”
Touching on the fact that CAMM-ER, the Extended Range variant of the CAMM family, will be manufactured in Poland he said “We were very pleased and very proud to see that an agreement was signed between the Polish media and PGZ, that agreement was a series of executive contracts for a program called Narew, which will see our CAMM-ER Air Defense missile, be manufactured between us and PGZ in Poland to deliver a really capable new air defense system for the Polish government.”
Larrinaga also explained that an additional agreement was over a potential future joint development of CAMM-MR, a new version of the family, adding “We're also here discussing potential armaments for other requirements of the Polish military, including potential aircraft. Armaments, for example, our meteor missile, which could be an option for the Polish Air Force on their F-35 aircraft.”
Finally, he also stated that MBDA in currently in discussions and with PGZ on the potential of Arming a tank destroyer being developed by the polish company with the brimstone anti-tank missile.
CAMM, the Common Anti-air Modular Missile, is the next generation air defence missile designed for land, sea and air environments.
Incorporating advanced technologies to provide complete protection against all known and projected air targets. The CAMM missile will form the core of the land based air defence version for the Royal Artillery.
CAMM has an active RF seeker that provides true all-weather performance with excellent clutter rejection capabilities.
The CAMM munition offers land based forces a highly effective and easily deployable, local area air defence system, as part of the Enhanced Modular Air Defence Solutions (EMADS), capable of operating as either a standalone unit or integrated within a battle space network. The use of third party target information from the wider battle space network allows the system to engage targets that are non line-of-sight from the local launcher or sensors. The light weight and compact designs allow multiple missiles to be carried by conventional wheeled vehicles.
The soft launch technology provides a true 360° air defence capability and a weapon system that can be easily concealed and quickly deployed without the need for dedicated search radars. The UK’s current inservice Rapier ground based air defence system is planned to be replaced by the CAMM based system.