A Royal Navy warship tested its ability to target a fast, low-level threat, such as a drone, putting its missile system to the test off the coast of Scotland.
HMS Defender, a Type 45 destroyer, carried out fiery and thunderous missile tests in North West Scotland on Sunday as part of a NATO exercise.
During the test, HMS Defender sent a missile flying at four times the speed of sound to clear an incoming drone designed to simulate a projectile attack on the ship.
Naval chiefs said it was the first time the Portsmouth-based warship has tackled such a difficult target.
The ship’s Senior War Officer Lt. Commander Daniel Lee said: “Being part of our first shot against a fast, low level target was a truly rewarding experience.
“Proving the effectiveness of the Sea Viper system against a more difficult target gives us reassurance about the ability of HMS Defender to conduct operations as an air defense destroyer.
The Royal Navy warship HMS Defender off the coast of Scotland, May 19, 2019
The Royal Navy reported that the Type 45 destroyer tested its Sea Viper missile system
The missile flew four times the speed of sound before wiping out an incoming drone target designed to simulate a projectile attack on the ship
This is the first time that the HMS Defender has attacked this particular type of target
Sailors in a control room as the Royal Navy warship HMS Defender tested its Sea Viper missile system off the coast of Scotland
Led by the US Navy’s 6th Fleet, the exercise was the largest of its kind with 13 ships, more than 10 aircraft and more than 3,300 people participating