HMS Dragon heads to Falklands
Threat of new Argentinian air power.
UK sends warship to Falklands as Argentina lease supersonic bombers from Russia
By MARCO GIANNANGELI
ONE of Britain’s newest and most powerful warships was last night heading towards the Falklands to strengthen the islands’ air defences.
Navy chiefs have sent HMS Dragon, a Type 45 destroyer, to the South Atlantic after a deployment in Chile.
Last night naval sources said the move was part of the MoD’s effort to speed up the “operational drumbeat” by which the Navy keeps guard over the Falklands.
With Argentina attempting to lease 12 supersonic bombers from Russia, the MoD is also to install a new £200million air defence missile system in the islands.
This will replace the ageing Rapier missile batteries which were used against the Argentine air force in the 1982 Falklands War.
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