Sweden: Visby-class corvettes to be equipped with CAMM anti-aircraft missiles

By Defence Industry Europe

Last week marked a significant advancement in the Swedish Navy's capabilities, as the Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) finalized a contract with MBDA. This agreement will see the Visby-class corvettes outfitted with the Common Anti-air Modular Missiles (CAMM), integrating the advanced Sea Ceptor ship-based anti-aircraft missile system into these vessels.

 

Recognized as one of the leading ship-based short-range anti-aircraft missile systems globally, the Sea Ceptor will substantially boost the air defense range of the Visby-class corvettes. The installation process, conducted by FMV and Saab Kockums, is slated to commence towards the end of 2025, with the first vessel expected to be delivered to the Swedish Armed Forces slightly over a year later.

 

 

With the integration of CAMM anti-aircraft missiles, the Visby-class corvettes will gain the capability to defend a considerably larger area and engage air targets at extended distances. This enhancement is a significant leap from the capabilities of the current weapon systems aboard these ships. Notably, it’s been since the 1970s that the Swedish Navy operated an anti-aircraft missile, previously aboard its destroyers. Subsequent air defences comprised cannons along with active and passive countermeasures, and for the Visby, advanced stealth technology.

The five Visby corvettes, integral to the Third and Fourth Naval Battle Flotillas, form the backbone of the navy’s surface combat capabilities. They were initially designed to carry anti-aircraft missiles, but the implementation was delayed due to political decisions.

 

 

Commander Bernt Andersson, head of the Third Naval Battle Flotilla and former ship commander on the Visby corvette HMS Karlstad, expressed his satisfaction: “I am very happy that the corvettes are finally being equipped with anti-aircraft missiles. This particular missile is proven and is already in use by Great Britain, a close partner to Sweden. Moreover, it will pave the way for the next generation of Luleå-class surface combat ships, which will have anti-aircraft missiles with an even longer range, eventually integrating into NATO’s air and missile defence.”

 

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