Since Russia launched the invasion of Ukraine in late February, NATO has steadily improved the defenses and military readiness of Eastern European states to secure its eastern flank.
Poland, an Eastern European state that borders war-torn Ukraine, could now give Russia a hard time by soon deploying the powerful CAMM missiles.
In what could prove to be a boon for European defense, Sebastian Chwalek, CEO of the Polish arms group, and Adrian Monks, commercial director of MBDA Poland, signed an interim capabilities contract in Warsaw, the first of two stages to provide the Common Anti Air Modular Missile (CAAM).
The deal, according to Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, will help both countries as well as the NATO alliance as a whole. The missile has wide-ranging capabilities and could be used effectively in a war, such as against Russia.
These remarks by the British Defense Secretary could be understood as a veiled threat to the Russian force, which has intensified the assault on Ukraine in recent days.
The CAMM missile could defeat modern aviation threats such as the latest stealth war planes and high-speed missiles by hitting a tennis ball-sized object traveling at many times the speed of sound.
The British Army is currently deploying Sky Saber, a CAMM-based GBAD system, to Poland to help protect Polish airspace. In March, Russia bombed a Ukrainian military camp just 16 kilometers from the Polish border, raising fears that the Ukrainian conflict could spill over the border.
The British Sky Saber and Polish NAREW GBAD systems will use the same CAMM missiles and launchers, but the radar, C2 and vehicles will be designed in Poland. Previously, American Patriot air defense systems were also sent to Poland to protect its airspace.
The UK and Poland have launched a collaboration on a state-of-the-art missile system. CAMM missiles can destroy airborne threats, including stealth aircraft and high-speed missiles. The EU and sections of the liberal media have treated Poland terribly. Good to see the UK supporting our Polish allies.
—Bella Wallersteiner 🇺🇦 (@BellaWallerstei) April 25, 2022
There are also plans to share state-of-the-art technology to produce more ground-based air defense systems (GBAD) in Poland, which will help create and maintain important skills and jobs in the missile industries.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Baszczak signed a statement of intent for air defense cooperation during a visit to Poland in November to underline the UK’s commitment United towards European and NATO defence.
Previously, Poland offered to send its MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine. However, this offer was rejected by the treaty allies for fear of an escalation and spillover of the conflict. Rather, Ukraine has been armed with powerful defensive weapons to thwart Russian aggression.
Common Anti-Aircraft Modular Missile (CAMM)
The Common Anti-Aircraft Modular Missile (CAMM) is an advanced air defense missile developed and manufactured by MBDA for land, air and sea use.
CAMM is capable of defending against aircraft, anti-ship cruise missiles and other advanced threats. The missile, which is equipped with modern technology, provides protection against known and anticipated air targets.
The missile is part of the Royal Navy’s Sea Ceptor weapons system, which is deployed on Type 23 frigates.
It wasn’t until December last year that the British military confirmed they were installing the Sky Saber system which had previously only been used by the Royal Navy.
The system, which includes surveillance radar, tactical datalinks and missiles, has been touted as a much-needed replacement for the Cold War-era Rapier low-altitude air defense system, as previously reported the EurAsian Times.
Each missile in the CAMM family is equipped with an innovative active radar seeker that can detect even the smallest, fastest and stealthiest targets, even in the worst weather conditions and with the most severe electronic jamming.
The missile is designed to be lightweight and compact, allowing many units to be packed into a small space and transported by standard wheeled vehicles. Between the missile and the launcher there is a two-way data link.
The missile can engage a variety of targets in high-level countermeasure situations, including high-velocity, low-signature, and maneuvering targets. The missile can travel at supersonic speeds of Mach 3 and hit targets over 25 kilometers away.
As a treaty ally, any attack on Poland’s security could trigger NATO’s collective defense obligation and lead to full-scale war between the two sides. Thus, the deployment of a sophisticated system like CAMM would create deterrence against Russia and stop any escalation before it gets out of hand.