Monday, 15 July 2013

MSI-Defence Systems Offers New Layered Self-Defence Capability for Surface Ships

The UK manufacturer MSI-Defence Systems Ltd. owns a comprehensive expertise in naval gun system technology, including its SEAHAWK range of stabilised naval weapon systems that attracted the interest of worldwide naval customers. They are the primary armament of patrol craft and mine countermeasures vessels, but are also carried as a secondary armament aboard larger surface combatants like frigates, fast attack boats, and support ships. Over 200 systems have been ordered and produced for several countries.
MSI-Defence Systems' newest concept is the SIGMA system, a combination of the 30mm cannon with the new Lightweight Multirole Missile (LLM) from THALES. This provides the system with an Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) capability out to 3.2nm (6km).
SIGMA contains all the attributes of the SEAHAWK range of naval gun systems, enabling a layered defence capability for today's surface combatants. SIGMA is the weapon of choice for those customers who address on-board efficiency (efficient use of valuable above-deck space) connectivity (interfacing to any shipboard C3 System), and extended-range self-defence against the spectrum of modern (asymmetric) threats. SIGMA provides its user an option for autonomous operation when combined with the SEAHAWK EO fire control system (EOFCS). With the use of stabilised, multi-band sensors and a laser rangefinder, coupled to multi-target autotracking and a sophisticated ballistics predication system, the EOFCS is a compact, lightweight solution that can be fitted to a wide variety of platforms, providing a rapid, accurate, and effective gun system augmentation.

SIGMA combines the highly acclaimed SEAHAWK naval gun system with options for carrying a variety of Close-range surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, including THALES’ LMM.
(Photo: Courtesy of MSI-Defence Systems Ltd.)

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