Underway said:CAMM and ESSM are both going to be on the ship. CAMM is for close to short range point air defence and ESSM is for medium range local air defence. The difference is in how the missiles are launched, their minimum and maximum ranges. CAMM is cold launch boost and does a pitch over before the main rocket motor starts. Therefore it can engage incoming missiles from very close to the ship (1km, 0.6NM) out to 25km. ESSM Block 2 (which is the missile we will use when CSC is in the water), has a longer minimum and maximum range and can also defend allies nearby from missile attack, providing a local defensive capability.
Its no longer layered defense, its meshed defence. The overlap between the two missiles will complement each other allowing for significant increases in PKill and kill options for various defensive scenarios. At least that's the intent.
I suppose. Both missiles have similar specs (all be it different max/min range) it seems odd to me to have both. I know Sea Ceptor will work with Mk 41 VLS. I sure hope we will deploying SM-2's again. That was a big loss when the 280's were decommissioned.