Royal Navy to get £48 million helicopter missile system

The Ministry of Defence announced today a deal to buy new £48 million state-of-the-art missile system for Royal Navy helicopters.

The defence minister Philip Dunne said the system made in east Belfast by the defence company Thales UK "will help win battles."

A display model of the new LMM (lightweight multi-role missile) Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mr Dunne said coastlines represented areas of growing concern to armed forces around the world and this new technology would provide greater protection.

A cross section of a Starburst Missile warhead Credit: PA

The system will be used to target small ships and fast attack craft and be designed and built by Thales UK's Belfast plant.