Top: With a loud roar and a flash of fire, a Seawolf missile erupts from its launcher aboard HMS Iron Duke and Bottom: The Seawolf missile is tracked from the ops room onboard HMS Iron Duke [Pictures: Petty Officer Airman (Photographer) Carl Osmond, Crown copyright]
HMS Iron Duke is the first ship in the Fleet to receive the new Artisan radar. Last year, she also received the latest version of Seawolf – which has protected Royal Navy frigates for more than 30 years. It can now track – and destroy – a target the size of a cricket ball travelling at 3 times the speed of sound.
Iron Duke was travelling back to Portsmouth, following 8 weeks of training, when the new Artisan and Seawolf were tested for the first time. Artisan, able to track up to 800 targets simultaneously, successfully tracked a sea-skimming target then passed the data to the Seawolf system.
The launched missile then followed and successfully blasted the object out of the sky with a direct hit.