Missiles for Royal Navy attack helicopters

A Merlin helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has been training with HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth Naval Base as part of her Rotary Wing Trials

Helicopter puts flight deck crew through its paces

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THE Royal Navy’s newest attack helicopters will be fitted with next generation missiles after a new £90m contract.

Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) missiles will be tested and installed on to 28 Wildcat helicopters by 2020.

Capable of targeting small boats, fast attack craft and targets on land, each aircraft is able to carry up to 20 missiles.

Making the announcement at Farnborough International Air Show, minister for defence equipment support and technology, Philip Dunne, said: ‘FASGW state-of-the-art missiles will provide Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters with unparalleled strike capabilities. I take great pride that these missiles are being made in Britain by British experts, with more than 300 jobs sustained from Belfast to Somerset.’