British Army gets new Sky Sabre missiles

British Army gets new Sky Sabre missiles able to shoot down tennis ball-sized target flying at speed of sound as Ukraine crisis intensifies

  • The new Sky Sabre system will be replacing the 50-year Rapier missile system
  • Sky Sabre is ‘capable of responding to 21st century threatslike Ukraine crisis
  • It is capable of ‘hitting a tennis ball sized object travelling at the speed of sound
  • New Sky Sabre missiles at a glance:

    • Sky Sabre has three key components that will operate up to 15km apart in the battlespace.
    • A Giraffe Agile Multi Beam 3D medium-range surveillance radar that rotates 360 degrees on an extending mast and can scan out to 120km for threats.
    • A computer system linking up the radar and missiles sending them to their targets.
    • The system will also provide ‘Link 16’, a tactical datalink allowing Sky Sabre to share its information with Royal Navy vessels, Royal Air Force systems and our allies providing full integration across UK Armed Forces and joint NATO operations.
    • At 99kg each, the Common Anti-Air Modular Missiles (CAMM) are double the weight of the retired Rapier missiles and have three times the range.
    • The missiles can reach speeds of 2,300mph eliminating fighter aircraft, drones and even laser-guided smart bombs.
    • Eight missiles are mounted on the launcher, which fire in a multi-directional manner that significantly reduces its signature, making it less of a target for enemies.
    • The launcher also re-arms in less than half the time of Rapier.
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    The Army has unveiled a new air defence missile system that can shoot down tennis ball-sized targets and is ‘capable of responding to 21st century threatssuch as the crisis developing on the borders of Ucraina.

    The new Sky Sabre missiles were unveiled today to replace the retiring Rapier missile system after 50 anni di servizio.

    Il 16 Regiment Royal Artillery held a ceremony to mark the retirement of the Rapier.

    The Rapier missiles were symbolically driven off the parade ground at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, West Sussex, before their replacement, the Sky Sabre air defence system was unveiled to a fanfare composed for the occasion.

    The Rapier system was used in service from Kuwait to the Falklands war but was also visibly deployed to several London parks to combat any security threats during the 2012 Olimpiadi.

    The new Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) used by the Sky Sabre has three times the range of the Rapier and can reach speeds of 2,300mph and can target fighter aircraft, drones and laser-guided smart bombs.

    The system’s Giraffe Agile Multi Beam 3D medium-range surveillance radar can cover 360 degrees to a range of 120km.

    Senior Training Officer Major Tim Oakes said: ‘Sky Sabre is so accurate and agile that it is capable of hitting a tennis ball sized object travelling at the speed of sound.

    'Infatti, it can control the flight of 24 missiles simultaneously whilst in flight, guiding them to intercept 24 separate targets. It is an amazing capability.

    ‘Building on our ambitions outlined in the Defence Command Paper, Future Soldier and bolstered by an additional £24 billion over the next four years, we are ensuring our Armed Forces are equipped with world-leading resources.

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lane, 16 Regiment’s commanding officer, said that the Sky Sabre and his service personnel were ‘ready and ableto respond to threat facing Ukraine if required.

    Egli ha detto: ‘It’s designed to take on threats from the 21st century and if we are asked to deploy to other areas then we are ready to do so.

    ‘Our men and women are absolutely operationally experienced wherever we have deployed with Rapier and are ready and able, having done the conversion courses to this very complicated and new 21st century weapons system to take on the next challenge or war or whatever comes our way.








    Sky Sabre has three key components that will operate up to 15km apart in the battlespace

    Sky Sabre has three key components that will operate up to 15km apart in the battlespace

    The new Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) used by the Sky Sabre has three times the range of the Rapier and can reach speeds of 2,300mph and can target fighter aircraft, drones and laser-guided smart bombs

    The new Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) used by the Sky Sabre has three times the range of the Rapier and can reach speeds of 2,300mph and can target fighter aircraft, drones and laser-guided smart bombs

    Senior Training Officer Major Tim Oakes said: 'Sky Sabre is so accurate and agile that it is capable of hitting a tennis ball sized object travelling at the speed of sound

    Senior Training Officer Major Tim Oakes said: ‘Sky Sabre is so accurate and agile that it is capable of hitting a tennis ball sized object travelling at the speed of sound

    Eight missiles are mounted on the launcher, which fire in a multi-directional manner that significantly reduces its signature, making it less of a target for enemies

    Eight missiles are mounted on the launcher, which fire in a multi-directional manner that significantly reduces its signature, making it less of a target for enemies

    He explained that a key improvement with the Sky Sabre system was being able to communicate directly with other areas of the armed forces.

    Egli ha detto: ‘It is a modern anti-air warfare system that will not only bring this regiment and the Royal Artillery but the British Army into the 21st century.

    ‘This kit means we can talk to a F35 and the carrier strike group to be able to communicate what we see on our radars and they can share with us so we can inform our decisions to make fast, effective and lethal engagements.

    ‘This is absolutely a step change for 16 Regiment and the Royal Artillery and the Army.

    ‘We have gone from an industrial air defence system with a standalone capability which didn’t communicate to other things but would defend a particular area, to now communicating with our other services, the air force and the navy to be able to share information and engage in a way we haven’t done before.

    Soldiers from the 16 Regiment Royal Artillery march on to the parade ground as they take part in the change of colours parade

    Soldiers from the 16 Regiment Royal Artillery march on to the parade ground as they take part in the change of colours parade

    The regiment bids farewell to its Rapier missiles and welcomes in the all new state-of-the-art Sky Sabre air defence system as its ceremonial colours

    The regiment bids farewell to its Rapier missiles and welcomes in the all new state-of-the-art Sky Sabre air defence system as its ceremonial colours

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lane, 16 Regiment's commanding officer, said that the Sky Sabre and his service personnel were 'ready and able' to respond to threat facing Ukraine if required.

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lane, 16 Regiment’s commanding officer, said that the Sky Sabre and his service personnel were ‘ready and ableto respond to threat facing Ukraine if required.

    Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said: ‘Sky Sabre’s spearheading technology has significantly upgraded the protection of our forces from threats from the air.

    ‘This cutting-edge of defence system is a clear demonstration of our warfighting capabilities to those who wish to do us harm.

    The event was attended by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and deputy chief general staff Lieutenant General Sir Chris Tickell.

    It was held for the regiment to receive its new colours which are normally flags used to identify the unit but, for this artillery regiment, its air defence missiles take up the role of the colours.

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