Britain to protect the Falklands with a £78million ‘Sky Sabre’ missile defence system after Argentina buys new fighter jets
BRITAIN has spent £78million on a new missile defence shield for the Falklands — as Argentina bolsters its air power with a fleet of fighter jets.
Sky Sabre uses the same technology as Israel's imposing Iron Dome system and is designed to destroy incoming rockets and shells.
Radar can track a missile and software then works out its predicted path before it is intercepted and destroyed before it can hit its target.
The defence boost forms part of a £280million upgrade of the islands' firepower announced by former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in 2015.
Details of the system, which will come into service in 2020, have been announced after Argentina agreed to buy new fighter jets from France.
They are the Super Ethendard warplanes flown by the country's pilots during the Falk
Britain already defends the islands with a permanent force of 1,000 troops, Typhoon jets and a patrol ship as well as a Rapier ground-to-air missile system that will be replaced by Sky Sabre.
It uses a central command system which instantaneously coordinates a response to incoming threats detected by mobile radar sensors known as Giraffes.
Land Ceptor missiles can then be fired to blow-up the rockets in mid-air.
Natan Barak, chief executive of Mprest, said: "This system can protect any area worldwide."
Sky Dome was used to intercept hundreds of rockets fired into Israeli territory from Gaza in 2012.