Waging War Against Declining Reliability in British Naval Air Defence
Approximately 40% of the roughly £6.5bn spent on the Royal Navy’s six newest destroyers, as part of the MoD’s Type 45 programme, was intended for Principle Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) (known as Sea Viper). This figure is equivalent to just over 7% of the UK annual defence budget. While the delivered capability is undoubtedly a world class counter against contemporary anti-ship missile (ASM) threats, the significant cost of such a system raises a glaringly obvious question:...
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