The Albatros Lives On

Albatros NG. MBDA

SHAH ALAM: The Albatros lives on. The Albatros SAM system has now been superseded by the Albatros NG, the new name for the CAMM-ER SAM system from pan European missile manufacturer.


Albatros NG. MBDA

Albatros NG is a new CAMM-ER based air defence system for naval applications

MBDA has been awarded a first contract for Albatros NG, a brand new CAMM-ER based air defence system. This first order, from an undisclosed international customer, marks a further validation of the wide appeal of the CAMM air defence family on the global marketplace and paves the way to further acquisitions by the same customer and other Navies.

Albatros NG is a new generation Naval Based Air Defence (NBAD) system, based on the CAMM-ER, which is the extended range variant of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) family already delivered to customers around the world for both ground based and naval air defence.

Under the terms of this recent order, Albatros NG will be in service in 2024.

Albatros NG, deriving its name from the legacy Albatros systems which have been in service with the Italian Navy and several export customers for years, is suitable for different kinds of vessels providing air defence capability for platforms ranging from patrol vessels and corvettes to destroyers. It also allows a complementary layer for larger vessels such as frigates and destroyers already equipped with a long range air defence system. It can be easily integrated, without significant changes, in the ships’ design; its Command & Control (C2) is designed to enable flexible integration with both new and existing naval Combat Management Systems (CMS).

The CAMM-ER missile is capable of providing self and local area defence against the evolving airborne threat at ranges exceeding 40km; it will be integrated in the new ground based air defence systems for the Italian Army and Italian Air Force. CAMM family systems have already been delivered to the British Army, to the Royal Navy and to several export nations.

Air defence systems utilising the CAMM and CAMM-ER missiles can provide armed forces with advanced protection against the ever-evolving air threat, including manned and unmanned aircraft, precision guided munitions, terrain-following/sea-skimming missiles, and low radar cross section (RCS) targets; all in the presence of the latest countermeasures.

Albatros NG firing, MBDA

For those not in the know, the Albatros was the name for SAM system developed by Alenia of Italy – now part of MBDA. The Laksamana-class corvettes of the RMN were equipped with a quadruple Albatros launcher amidships making it one of the most potent ships in the region back in 1990s.

KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin together with its sister ship at LIMA 19. Note the Albatros quad launcher amidships. Zaq Sayuti.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. In RMN service Aspide (licensed version Sparrow) worked as advertised due to issues with the tracker. Interestingly 2 reloads were carried. Crews had more faith in the Super Rapid.

    If I’m not mistaken Albatross is in reference to the Aspide/Dardo

  2. My understanding is that all these missile have a lot in common, including the external appearance. They are all MBDA after all.
    Mica is more to French specifications. CAMM for the UK and CAMM ER is Italian. It that kinda correct?


  3. Kamal,

    Retired almost 10 years ago. The Aspides may has life yet but the trackers, CMS and other things became inoperable.

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