Fighting Blind in Brown Water: Naval Air Defence in the Littoral
On Tuesday the 25th of May 1982, the second wave of two aircraft flew low overland towards a state-of-the-art air defence (AD) platform worth, at today’s rates, an estimated £155M. This was no exercise on the south coast of the UK; this was a real engagement in a littoral region off the northwest coast of the Falkland Islands, with a 1950s designed A4 Skyhawk aircraft pitted against a modern AD platform that was HMS COVENTRY, a Type 42 Destroyer.
Weak defences exposed
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