MBDA awards Thales UK laser proximity fuse contract

Defence company Thales UK has been awarded an £11m contract by missile developer MBDA to provide the laser proximity fuse for Sea Ceptor’s common anti-air modular missile (CAMM).

The contract is for the development and qualification of the laser proximity fuse and includes options for various production quantities.

Thales has traditionally supplied the majority of the proximity fuses for MBDA missiles, including the Seawolf and Rapier missiles that CAMM will replace.

The particular challenge in this instance has been to improve performance while significantly reducing price, by maximising the use of modularity, generic signal processing and commercial off-the-shelf components.

Thales UK’s Basingstoke facility will undertake the development and qualification work.