Navy’s new carriers are ‘sitting ducks’

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BRITAIN’S new aircraft carriers will be left without an early-warning radar system.

As previously reported, the Portsmouth-built and based carriers will be left without any helicopters until the new batch are rolled out – which could be delayed until 2022.

The helicopters carry Airborne Early Warning, which identifies incoming enemy planes or missiles.

But without them, the aircraft carriers will be forced to rely on their own radar, which does not have the same capability.

BAE Systems, which is in charge of constructing the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers in Portsmouth and Scotland, declined to comment.

An unnamed Ministry of Defence source told a national paper yesterday: ‘If the new AEW isn’t there to protect them, we will have built the most expensive sitting ducks ever.’