Land Ceptor, the Army’s air defence missile
What is Land Ceptor?
Land Ceptor is from the same family of weapons systems as Sea Ceptor, which will defend the Royal Navy’s Type 23 and Type 26 Frigates.
Land Ceptor will provide the stopping power within the cutting-edge Sky Sabre air defence system and will be crewed by 16th Regiment Royal Artillery.
Built by MBDA, Land Ceptor comprises the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), a launcher vehicle and two fire unit support vehicles.
It is being developed to protect British troops on operations from aerial threats, including hostile combat aircraft and air-launched munitions.
How is it used?
Land Ceptor has far greater battlefield awareness and intelligence than its predecessor, the Rapier system.
It can engage with targets three times greater in range than Rapier. The Giraffe radar and Rafael Battlespace Management Command, Control, Compute, Communicate and Inform (BMC4I) system within Land Ceptor, will be able to observe incoming threats. This can be done at a distance seven times greater than Rapier..
The missiles can be launched in quick succession to defeat as many as eight different threats at once, even if obstacles such as trees and terrain are in the way.