UK Royal Navy’s HMS Daring test fires Sea Viper missile

13 July 2016 (Last Updated July 13th, 2016 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy's Type 45, Daring-class anti-air warfare destroyer, HMS Daring (D32), has successfully test fired a Sea Viper air defence weapon system.

The UK Royal Navy's Type 45, Daring-class anti-air warfare destroyer, HMS Daring (D32), has successfully test fired a Sea Viper air defence weapon system.

The test firing of the missile marked the tenth birthday of the destroyer, which also became the first warship of its class to complete a second test firing of the Aster 30 missile.

HMS Daring is currently being prepared for deployment into global operations again.

"It was incredibly bright and fast. It shot off in the blink of an eye."

Royal Navy sub lieutenant Alexandra Evans said: “It was incredibly bright and fast. It shot off in the blink of an eye.

“We were watching from the bridge and you could feel the anticipation and adrenaline as everyone waited, silently, listening to the ops room counting down the track.”

An enhanced version of the Sea Dart missile, Sea Viper system is the combination of the Sampson radar system and the Aster missile system in a silo on the forecastle.

The Sampson radar system, which resembles a spinning spiked ball integrated on the crest of the ship's main mast, is capable of tracking hundreds of contacts up to 250 miles away.

Based on the range of missile used, the system can intercept aerial threats up to 75 miles away, while protecting the vessel along with the entire task group.

Commissioned in 2009, the 151m-long HMS Daring completed a circumnavigation of the globe from May 2013 to February 2014.


Image: A Sea Viper missile being fired from HMS Daring. Photo: courtesy of the Royal Navy.