THE Royal Navy’s flagship Type 45 destroyer, HMS Daring, has successfully fired her new air defence missile for the first time, the MoD announced.
Daring fired her air defence missile system, Sea Viper, during a training exercise at the MoD’s target range in the Hebrides.
Sea Viper is capable of defending against missiles approaching from any direction and at supersonic speeds.
Captain Guy Robinson, Commanding Officer of HMS Daring, said: ‘This Sea Viper firing is a significant milestone for us and the final piece in the jigsaw as we prepare for our first deployment.
‘I am very pleased with the test and how my team conducted themselves during this very complex procedure.’
The successful firing comes as the MoD announces that a £165m contract has been awarded to MBDA UK, who are based in Bristol and Stevenage, to provide technical assistance to the Sea Viper missile systems on the six destroyers that will be based at Portsmouth Naval Base.
HMS Diamond was formally commissioned into the Royal Navy on May 6, HMS Dragon is undertaking her second set of sea trials and HMS Dauntless has completed her Basic Operational Sea Training.
Peter Luff, minister for defence equipment, support and technology, said: ‘This is another important achievement for the Type 45 project.’