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Warships: Guided Weapons

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL2886, tabled on 4 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to supply the Royal Navy with (1) surface-to-surface, and (2) land attack, missiles to (a) Type 45 destroyers, (b) Type 26 frigates, and (c) follow-on ships.

Answered on

14 October 2021

Type 45 Destroyers are currently supplied with the Harpoon Surface-to-Surface Guided Weapons (SSGW) system when operational demands require. In the future, there is no intent to continue to fit a SSGW system to Type 45 Destroyers.

The current intent is that the Type 26 Frigate will be fitted with Future Cruise Anti-Ship Weapon Systems, which include a land attack capability.

We continue to scope options for the next generation of SSGW system, alongside wider lethality requirements, allowing us to deliver on the commitments outlined in the Integrated Review. No final decisions have yet been made.