The Ministry of Defence this week admitted it has problems with three types of naval missiles.
The weapons are the British Aerospace Sea Dart and Sea Wolf air defence missiles and BAe’s Sea Skua air-to-surface missile. Sea Dart and Sea Wolf have been in service since the 1970s and Sea Skua since the early 1980s.
A spokesman for the MoD’s Naval Support Command said the navy’s missiles have problems with ageing components. `We’ve got some work going on with all three of those systems.’
But he said the MoD was `not going into details on what the individual problems are. The missiles are inspected continually and when anything is found that requires work, that work is carried out.’
The MoD could not explain suggestions that Sea Dart’s problem relates to its fuse, Sea Wolf’s to its `igniter’ and Sea Skua’s to ageing components.