British Royal Navy Completes New Sea Ceptor Trials

The British Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday that the Royal Navy has successfully completed the first firing trials of the new Sea Ceptor missile defense system, enabling it to progress to the next stage of acceptance into navy service. The Sea Ceptor missiles were launched on Scotland’s Hebrides Rocket Range from the Type 23 frigate, HMS Argyll (F231). The HMS Argyll (F231) participated in two sets of trials, which lasted approximately two weeks each. The Sea Ceptor trials began by intercepting a single aerial target, with subsequent tests involving a single target engaged by two missiles and a twin salvo where two targets were each engaged by a single missile. The Sea Ceptor is scheduled to replace the traditional Sea Wolf weapon system currently on-board the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.