Sea Sprint, a new missile from GEC-Marconi, is sold as being able to shoot down anti-ship missiles. The weapon, based on the Canadian Adats air defence missile, is proposed for the Project Horizon Common New Generation Frigate to be built for the British, French and Italian navies after 2004.
Horizon frigates need an ‘inner layer missile system’ as well as the longer range Paams missile system.
The Sea Sprint project is being run by GEC-Marconi Dynamics Division, heading a team including Oerlikon Aerospace of Canada, Lockheed Martin Electronics & Missiles of the US, and GEC Marine’s VSEL shipbuilding subsidiary.
Sea Sprint would have a speed exceeding Mach 3 and will be able to manoeuvre at 60g with a 12.5kg warhead. With a 10km range, the system’s launcher would have eight ready-use missiles capable of being reloaded within 10 minutes.