Richard Scott, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets
- MBDA's Sea Ceptor system has been downselected by an undisclosed navy
- Sea Ceptor is vying with Barak-8 for position on Chile's Type 23 frigate upgrade
European missile house MBDA is poised to secure another export success for its Sea Ceptor shipborne local anti-air missile system, but is remaining tight-lipped about the customer.
The prospective deal brings to four the number of navies that have either ordered or downselected Sea Ceptor.
Meanwhile, the company expects Chile to decide this year on a new anti-air guided weapon for retrofit to its three ex-Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates. Sea Ceptor is vying with the IAI/Rafael Barak-8 missile system to replace the existing GWS 26 Mod 1 Seawolf system currently fitted to these ships.