20 Apr '12, 1pm

HMS Edinburgh carries out final sea firing of Sea Dart missile system

A flash of fire bright enough to bathe the Atlantic orange-yellow for an instant shows the Royal Navy’s long-standing shield against air attack packs a punch right to the end. HMS Edinburgh has carried out the last planned firing of the Sea Dart system in the build up to a major exercise off Scotland. The destroyer successfully fired seven missiles off the Outer Hebrides ahead of Exercise Joint Warrior, which tests Britain’s military ability to respond to a crisis. The firing was carried out to show the system could still be used, as Edinburgh will serve as the UK’s final Type 42 destroyer while the new Type 45 destroyers and their Sea Viper missiles enter service. A booster rocket helped the missiles roar away from the ship, accelerating Sea Dart to twice the speed of sound in a matter of seconds. It can take out a target up to 80 miles away. In this instance, its target ...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2...

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