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Royal Navy warships are reportedly to be left without anti-ship missiles and forced to rely on naval guns, due to cost-saving measures. The MoD has admitted that the Royal Navy's Harpoon missiles will be retired from frigates and destroyers in 2018, according to the Telegraph.
New missiles won't be brought into service until 2020, and these will be helicopter-borne.
Sources within the Royal Navy are said to have equated the move to "Nelson deciding to get rid of his cannons and go back to muskets", because after 2018 ships will be forced to rely entirely on naval guns for combat.
Guns have a range of 17 miles, compared to 80 for Harpoon missiles.
The Royal Navy reportedly isn't likely to get new ship-borne missiles for a decade, however.
Currently, the core of the Royal Navy's fighting fleet is made up of six Type 45 (or Daring-class) destroyers and 13 Type 23 (or Duke-class) frigates, both of which are currently equipped with Harpoon missiles.
Retired Rear-Admiral Chris Parry called the government irresponsible and said that the decision makes Royal Navy warships more suited to the shop window than naval combat.
Another naval source said that the loss of offensive range would mean that the Royal Navy couldn't go "toe-to-toe with the Chinese or Russians".
Ännu ett konstigt beslut i brittiska försvaret. T ex Nimrod-skrotningen och inget hangarfartyg under ett antal år.
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Gissar att lösningen blir en mindre livstidsförlängning av Harpoon alt. kombinerat med att introduktionen av Sea Venom flyttas fram. Olyckligt att type 45 jagarna, trots att de har ett av världens bästa luftförsvar, inte kan bekämpa ytmål med systemet (amerikanska robotkryssare- och jagare har inte denna begränsning). Endast fyra av type 45 jagarna kommer att få Harpoon, eftersom Harpoon robotarna kommer från type 22 fregatter som tagits ur tjänst.



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Ett utmärkt tillfälle för Sverige och Saab att bli partners med UK (och kanske Frankrike?) och ta fram en helt ny generations sjömålsrobot!

Och jag är också väldigt säker på att det blir modernisering för ytterligare några år med Harpoon.

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17 hours ago, Perman said:

DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement


Det verkar som om jag fick rätt i min tidigare gissning att man i RN kommer att livstidsförlänga Harpoon för att överbrygga glappet som annars hade uppkommit innan nästa generation av sjömålsrobot kommer i tjänst.




Förnuftet segrade till slut!

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