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DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

14 September 2017

Key Points

  • The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles
  • The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities

Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of Defence deferred a decision to retire the weapon in 2018 without replacement.

Speaking at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 defence exhibition, held in London from 11-15 September, senior RN sources told Jane’s the sea-skimming GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C missiles would remain in service at least until 2020. “There is work ongoing to look at options for longer extension in service,” said one source.

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