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    The RN have recently trialled the Martlet missile, originally intended for the FAA new Wildcat Helicopters on the
    frigate HMS Sutherland during trials in the Irish Sea.

    The system is intended to give the vessels a more distant layer of defence against FAC or the type of vessels used
    by say the Iranian RC Naval units etc.

    All test targets were destroyed and its hoped that the 30mm/Marlet combo will be in Fleet usage come 2020.
    The previously mentioned FAA Wildcats are now going to be armed with the heavier Sea Venom missile.

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    Andy H

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  • #2
    Interesting development. Any particular reason they grafted it onto a cannon? Best use of an already existing mount?
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
      Interesting development. Any particular reason they grafted it onto a cannon? Best use of an already existing mount?
      I believe that they are linked to the gun's target acquisition radar.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by johns624 View Post

        I believe that they are linked to the gun's target acquisition radar.
        Makes sense. Avoids the need for a separate system for the missiles.

        Thanks.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

          Makes sense. Avoids the need for a separate system for the missiles.

          Thanks.
          Possibly even simpler - there is still a requirement for the gun and this arrangement avoids the need to have two mounts on the ship
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          • #6
            Still pretty short ranged compared to what many FAC/FIAC can and do carry.
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