UK tests £250m MISSILE system to defend Falkland Islands ‘in face of INTENSIFYING threats'
It cost £250 million to develop and footage of the test showed the powerful truck-borne missile Land Ceptor disabling a high-speed drone.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “In the face of intensifying threats, it is vital that our Armed Forces have the capabilities to keep Britain safe."
“Land Ceptor will be a formidable battlefield barrier, protecting our troops from strikes and enemy aircraft while on operations.”
The missile system was built by weapons maker MBDA and it consists of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), a launcher vehicle and two fire unit support vehicles
It can be quickly deployed across rough terrain and be brought to bear in less than 20 minutes thanks to its ability to be moved easily.
The Defence Ministry reported it will replace the Royal Artillery’s Rapier batteries that defend the Falkland Islands.
It will also be deployed around the world as a ground based defence system against missiles, drones and jets.
The test took place near the Baltic Sea at the Vidsel Test Range on a Swedish test fire range.
After the end of the Falklands War in 1982, Britain invested heavily in the islands' defences, including constructing a new airfield at RAF Mount Pleasant, 27 miles (43 km) west of the capital, Stanley.
The base became fully operational in 1986 after being opened the previous year.
Stationed there are the four Typhoon jets that provide air defence for the islands and surrounding territories.
The Land Ceptor live trial comes a few days after the Defence Secretary revealed that Sea Ceptor, Royal Navy's new £850million Sea Ceptor missile defence system, had entered into service.
Richard Smart, director weapons for the Ministry of Defence's procurement organisation Defence Equipment and Support, said: “Sea Ceptor's entry into service with the Royal Navy is a significant milestone.
“It's really exciting to be delivering a new capability that will form part of the protection for the new aircraft carriers and will help to keep our service personnel and our country safe.”
Commander Conor O'Neill said the system represented a "vastly improved capability" for the Navy, adding: "It puts us ahead of the game in being able to defend ourselves and our new aircraft carriers from threat."