British Army unveils new Sky Sabre missile system to enhance air defence

7 February 2018 (Last Updated February 7th, 2018 12:28)

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

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

For the first time, the army has brought together all the three major components of the air defence missile system.

The three components include the MBDA-built launcher, which will be used to fire the company’s common anti-air modular missile (CAMM), Saab’s radar targeting system and the control electronics suite provided by Rafael.

“Expected to be in service with the army in 2020, the new air defence missile system features short to medium-range capability.”

The British Army’s Sky Sabre solution has been designed to be operated from Rafael’s control electronics suite.

Royal Air Force senior responsible officer and Sky Sabre project director air commodore Ian Gale 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.”

Expected to be in service with the army in 2020, the new air defence missile system features short to medium-range capability.

Once operational, the Sky Sabre system will be capable of hitting hostile targets beyond normal visual range.