The SPIMM module consists of a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret equipped with two ready-to-fire Mistral missiles and a 360° infrared panoramic system to detect and track air and surface threats. The system is entirely controlled by two operators located in a shelter inside the module, which is also used to store four additional missiles. This ISO standard “all-in-one” module, 10 feet long and weighing some 7 tons, can be easily positioned on the deck of a ship using a crane, and requires just a standard electrical connection.
“The SPIMM enables the urgent and rapid adaptation of supply vessels or landing platform docks to cope with new threats, or for using them in contested areas. This system illustrates MBDA’s ability to understand its customers’ needs and to quickly come up with effective and functional solutions.”Christophe Leduc, MBDA Naval Defence Systems Product Executive
A key advantage of SPIMM is that it opens up new opportunities for navies around the world in the way they manage and equip their fleets: Thanks to its modular nature, a pool of SPIMM modules can be managed independently relative to a fleet of surface vessel. A navy may choose to deploy SPIMM modules aboard its supply or amphibious vessels depending on mission requirements or potential threats. Because of its limited size and weight, SPIMM modules may be easily and rapidly installed aboard vessels even in non-military ports, with very little infrastructures. Because it is an all in one module (combining sensors, effectors both ready to fire and reloads and even its own CIC) SPIMM is very easily installed on such vessels.