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Missiles

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the value of the Harpoon missile as a weapon. (94939)

Harpoon is the Royal Navy's only long-range anti-surface warfare missile. It is a potent element of the Royal Navy's anti-surface capability.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances surface ships would engage hostile surface forces with the Harpoon missile; and if he will make a statement. (94940)

The Harpoon missile is designed for long-range anti-ship warfare and would be employed against hostile units (normally frigate size and above) posing a threat against Royal Navy or coalition units, whether as an individual unit or as part of a larger task group.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to equip the Type-45 Destroyer with the Harpoon missile. (94941)

There is no current requirement for the Type 45 Destroyer to operate Harpoon missiles, and so there are no plans at present to equip them with these weapons.

Harpoon is a sophisticated anti-ship missile which uses a combination of inertia guidance and active radar homing attack targets out to a range of 130 km.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ships carry the Harpoon surface-to-surface missile. (94945)

All Type 22 and Type 23 frigates are fitted with the Harpoon surface-to-surface missile system. They are:

Type 22 frigates

HMS Cornwall

HMS Cumberland

HMS Campbeltown

HMS Chatham

Type 23 Frigates

HMS Argyll

HMS Iron Duke

HMS Kent

HMS Lancaster

HMS Monmouth

HMS Montrose

HMS Northumberland

HMS Portland

HMS Richmond

HMS Somerset

HMS St Albans

HMS Sutherland

HMS Westminster