Russia: US condemns ‘reckless’ missile test

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a stern warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with the launch of their state of the art air defence system. Sky Sabre is an advanced “detect and destroy” air defence system that replaces the ageing Rapier.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the Sabre is unparalleled in “speed, accuracy, performance and target acquisition”.

The Sky Sabre is so precise that it will be able to hit a tennis ball-sized object travelling at the speed of sound.

The first tranche of these Sabres is being inducted into the service of the 16 Regiment Royal Artillery.

However, further procurements will be configured to operate in all parts of the globe.

In a press release, Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said: “Sky Sabre’s spearheading technology has significantly upgraded the protection of our forces from threats from the air.

“This cutting-edge of defence system is a clear demonstration of our warfighting capabilities to those who wish to do us harm.”

The Sky Sabre has three key components that are expected to operate together up to 15km apart in the battlespace:

Firstly, it will have a Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam 3D medium-range surveillance radar that can rotate 360 degrees on an extending mast and is able to scan out to 120km for threats.

It will have an advanced computer system linking up the radar and missiles sending them to their targets.

This pioneering system also provides ‘Link 16’, a tactical data link allowing Sky Sabre to share its information with Royal Navy vessels, Royal Air Force systems and its allies providing full integration across UK Armed Forces and joint NATO operations.

Finally, the Sky Sabre has massive Common Anti-Air Modular Missiles (CAMM) that are double the weight of Rapier at 99kg each.

They also have three times the range as the ageing system.

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These new missiles can reach speeds of 2,300mph eliminating fighter aircraft, drones and even laser-guided smart bombs.

Eight missiles are mounted on the launcher, which fire in a unique multi-directional manner that significantly reduces its signature making it less of a target for adversaries.

The launcher also re-arms in less than half the time of Rapier, allowing more missiles to be fired in rapid succession.

Commanding Officer of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lane, said: “We will be able to compete with our peers and take on some of the toughest adversaries.

“It gives us a capability we have not had before; this new missile system with its new launcher and world-class radar will absolutely put us at the forefront of ground-based air defence.”

Senior Training Officer, Major Tim Oakes said: “Sky Sabre is so accurate and agile that it is capable of hitting a tennis ball-sized object travelling at the speed of sound.

“In fact, it can control the flight of 24 missiles simultaneously whilst in flight, guiding them to intercept 24 separate targets. It is an amazing capability.”

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