Naval Weapons

Sea Viper achieves first kill against Firejet target

22 May 2019

The UK Royal Navy (RN) has successfully completed a first test of its GWS 45 Sea Viper anti-air guided missile system against an MQM-178 Firejet target.

Undertaken on 19 May at the conclusion of NATO Exercise 'Formidable Shield 2019', the firing involved an Aster 30 missile launched from the Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender that was used to intercept a Firejet drone launched from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Hebrides Range site on South Uist.

Sea Viper is the RN's name for the UK variant of the tri-nation Principal Anti-Air Missile System. Developed by MBDA, the Sea Viper system combines the Aster 15 and Aster 30 surface-to-air missiles, Sylver A50 vertical launcher, the BAE Systems' Sampson multifunction radar and an MBDA UK-developed command-and-control system.

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