This successful design came into service with the Royal Navy in the early 1980s. Used successfully in the Falklands War.
GWS-25 Sea Wolf was developed under the project title PX.430 after a Royal Navy SAM study called "Confessor". Confessor was intended replace Seacat to give small warships a defensive capability against sea-skimming anti-ship missiles as well as aircraft.
The photo at the left shows a Seawolf being loaded into one of the boxes of the six-round trainable launcher. This launcher has been superceded buy the vertical launch GWS-26.
Originally mounted in a six box trainable launcher, later developments included a vertical launch installation based on a Royal Navy study called "Sinner" (every confessor must have a sinner) and resulted in the development of GWS-26 vertical launch Sea Wolf. This has been fitted to recent Royal Navy warships. Sea Wolf is also capable of intercepting shells.
Seawolf uses aBlackcap sustainer rocket motor. Vertical Launch Sea Wolf has an additional boost motor.
The photo shown on the right shows a Seawolf being launched during tests with the Type 910 tracker radar in the foreground.
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