13 Mar '12, 3pm

Dragon and Defender take to the sea for trials

Dragon left a trail of smoke and fire off Portland as she tested her decoy flares for the first time during her intensive trials and training package. Meanwhile Defender left the BAE Systems yard on the Clyde on Friday for 28 days of tests and trials in the waters off western Scotland. On the south coast, Dragon, the fourth of the Navy's six Type 45 destroyers, has been working with military scientists to test her weapons and defensive systems. The Portsmouth-based warship used the ranges off Portland Bill, with a team from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - the MOD's in-house scientists - ashore monitoring the destroyer's radar cross-section and infrared characteristics as she fired off her decoy flares. The distinctive angular nature of the Daring Class is designed to minimise the 'blip' the ships produce on an enemy radar screen and suggest that, instead of...

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