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Pakistan Reportedly Launch Customer of Naval CAMM-ER
October 17, 2021

Pakistan Reportedly Launch Customer of Naval CAMM-ER

The Pakistan Navy (PN) is reportedly the launch customer of MBDA’s Albatros NG Naval Based Air Defence (NBAD) system.[1] In a press release in March 2021, MBDA announced that it won a contract to supply the Albatros NG to an “undisclosed international customer.”[2] The end-user will deploy the system in 2024.

The Albatros NG utilizes the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile Extended Range (CAMM-ER) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The CAMM-ER is an Italian-funded variant of the CAMM, which was developed for the United Kingdom since 2012. The CAMM-ER offers a stated range of 45 km; however, this may be the system’s minimum range. The CAMM-ER uses an active radar-homing (ARH) seeker and can operate under a network-enabled environment comprising of multiple sensors.

The PN will reportedly deploy the Albatros NG onboard its forthcoming MILGEM corvettes. Currently, the PN has four of these corvettes on order from Turkey’s Military Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş. (ASFAT). Of the four corvettes, Pakistan’s Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) will build two ships. The PN is expected to receive the first ship in 2023, and all four ships by 2024.

Based on the Ada corvette, the PN MILGEM is a heavily customized variant with a larger displacement of 2,988 tons. Its most noticeable feature is a 16-cell vertical launch system (VLS) behind the main gun, and a two-by-three launch cannister set-up for an anti-ship cruising missile (ASCM), potentially the indigenous Harbah, which the PN can use as both an ASCM and a land-attack cruise missile (LACM)…

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[1] Ibrahim Sunnetci. “PN MİLGEM Corvettes are Equipped with Albatros NG NBAD System.” Defence Turkey. 12 June 2021. URL: https://www.defenceturkey.com/tr/icerik/pn-milgem-milgem-j-korvetleri-albatros-ng-nbad-sistemi-ile-donatiliyor-4601?fbclid=IwAR02a9_IODuMVgk3OPBAappoTpx_dDpWhBk0aNQGfJNcYVeZ4aZ19tm16qY

[2] Press Release. “MBDA Awarded First Contract for its New Albatros NG System.” MBDA. 03 March 2021. URL: https://www.mbda-systems.com/press-releases/mbda-awarded-first-contract-for-its-new-albatros-ng-system/

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