Thu, Feb 12, 2009
Second Successful Trial For New ADM System
The UK Ministry of Defense announced Thursday its new Sea Viper
air defense missile system demonstrated its ability to protect air,
land and sea forces during a second, successful test firing. The
missile system was successfully test-fired from the 12,000 tonne
trials barge Longbow, near the Ile du Levant off the French
The Longbow barge has a full replica of the air defense
equipment the new Type 45 destroyers will carry, including
long-range and missile directing radars, a combat control centre
and missiles in their vertical launcher silos.
Sea Viper is a highly sophisticated system that has been
designed to allow the new Type 45 Destroyer to protect forces, both
at sea and over land, against attack by enemy aircraft, as well as
defending the fleet against anti-ship missiles approaching from any
direction and at supersonic speeds.
"This test was much more difficult with the target simulating a
low-level anti-ship missile at close range and so I am very pleased
with the result as it demonstrates that the Type 45 Destroyer's
powerful Anti-Air Warfare capability is on track to be delivered in
2010," said MOD defense Equipment and Support (DE&S) Medium
Range Air defense Weapons Team Leader, David Emly.
Integral to the Sea Viper system is the Sampson Multi Function
Radar which tracks targets and directs missiles towards them. This
element is a bespoke design developed by BAE Systems to meet the
Royal Navy's very specific requirements.
This latest success comes hot on the heels of the recent arrival
of the first Type 45 destroyer, HMS Daring, into her home port of
Portsmouth for the first time in January. Integrating the Sea Viper
system is the main focus of the ship's remaining trials before she
is declared ready for service.
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