MBDA and Lockheed Martin have conducted an exploratory test of a MBDA-built missile from a Lockheed Martin-made vertical launcher.
The trial, conducted in Bedford, U.K., on Sept. 10, tested the ability to eject MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) — also known as Sea Ceptor — from Lockheed Martin’s Mk. 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) and the Extensible Launching System (ExLS).
The test used MBDA’s soft vertical launch technology to eject the CAMM from its canister and position the missile for main motor ignition.
The self-funded trial work is a result of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two companies in May to explore the integration of MBDA missile systems into VLS systems, widening options for potential customers in what missiles they can use.
“Two teams worked jointly to develop a mechanical adaptor which could be inserted into the canister,” said Paul Mead, VP of business development at MBDA.
“We are now working to mature the electrical interface between missiles and launch system,” Mead said.
The company says it is now engaging customers and hopes the joint launch system will be available when the CAMM missile becomes available for export in 2016. The two companies are exploring other weapons from the MBDA stable for integration into the Mk. 41 VLS.