An investment of 470 million euros to upgrade the air defense system of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers is in the pipeline. The plan includes modernizing the Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) and integrating the new Aster Block1 NT missile.
The PAAMS is currently fitted onto four Horizon-type frigates utilized by the French and Italian Navies, in addition to the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers. This substantial upgrade will enhance the system's ability to neutralize threats for the next decade. The upgraded PAAMS will be the most advanced naval air defense system ever developed for the Royal Navy.
Aster Block1 NT Missile
The Aster Block1 NT missile, capable of intercepting missiles up to a staggering 1000 km away, will be integrated into the PAAMS. The Aster 30 interceptor missile will also receive an upgrade, modernized with new guidance and detection software.
SAMPSON Radar and Combat System Upgrade
Not only will the missile systems be improved, but the multifunction SAMPSON radar and combat systems of the destroyers are also set to be upgraded. These upgrades will help the navy neutralize a range of threats, including hypersonic and ballistic missiles, supersonic cruise missiles, and high-speed aerial drones.
Contracts Awarded to MBDA UK
The contracts for these significant upgrades were awarded to MBDA UK. A third contract also covers the operational maintenance of the Sea Viper system for an additional five years.
The system upgrade will also serve to strengthen cooperation between the UK, France, and Italy. This will be achieved through MBDA's participation in the Aster 30 Block 1 program, further solidifying international defense ties.