UK navy ships to be armed with advanced long-range strike missiles

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British navy frigates and destroyers will be given advanced long-range anti-ship missiles in a new deal agreed by defense minister Ben Wallace with Norway announced on Wednesday.

The Naval Strike Missiles made by Kongsberg Gruppen ASA will be used on eleven British Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.

Measuring nearly 4 meters long, the missiles can strike enemy ships and targets on land at distances of more than 100 nautical miles (115 miles) at subsonic speeds, the MoD said.

The Naval Strike Missiles will replace the Harpoon surface-to-surface weapon due to go out of service in 2023.

“We have a long history of defense cooperation with Norway,” Wallace said on a visit to the country. “This new agreement cements our partnership with one of our closest allies, whilst strengthening our Royal Navy with a new surface to surface strike capability.”

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