Naval Weapons

RN retires Sea Skua anti-ship missile from service

29 March 2017

Key Points

  • The Sea Skua anti-ship missile is being officially retired from RN service on 31 March
  • A final high-seas Sea Skua firing was performed on 25 February by a Lynx HMA8 operating from the frigate HMS Portland

The UK Royal Navy (RN) has retired the MBDA Sea Skua anti-ship missile from service coincident with the out-of-service date (OSD) of the Lynx HMA8 helicopter.

Withdrawal of the Sea Skua leaves the RN without an air-to-surface guided weapon until the introduction of the MBDA Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) anti-ship missile and Thales Martlet laser beam-riding lightweight precision-guided missile on the Wildcat HMA2 helicopter in 2020.

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