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New antiaircraft missile test in Falklands, on fears of “more Argentine aggression”

Monday, June 22nd 2015 - 06:16 UTC
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The Sunday Express has revealed that a live-fire training exercise will be taking place in the Falkland Islands with the participation of Royal Marines deploying high velocity missiles against “incoming attack aircraft” with the purpose of demonstrating combat capacity and to show that the UK can deploy high readiness troops. Read full article


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  • Britworker

    I do hope this is now a change of stance from the government, it is high time the lips were curled back and we start showing them the teeth.

    I think this missile is actually call the Starstreak HVM (High Velocity Missile), not HMV. Perfectly equipped to be guided into the hull of an 'best you can afford' Corvette playing chicken on the edge of the EEZ.

    We may as well set the tone now because once this oil starts coming ashore these Argies will become intolerable - more than they are now!

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 07:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    They are insufferable as well as intolerable now.
    lt will be fun to watch their antics when the oil begins to flow.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brucey-babe

    The 'mainland' is big target, beware CFK. !

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Speed Mac 3 or 3 times speed of sound. range 5.5 kilometers
    As Delboy would say “ Luverly Jubberly ” try invading now Argies.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. Difficult to see how you guide an air-defence missile into a corvette.
    @3. See above. Replace “corvette” with “mainland”. I don't see a ground attack version.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 11:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SebaSvtz

    You guys will correct me but, isn´t the missile in the first picture a Harpoon?

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 11:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Perhaps some are missing the point?

    Even reporting the availability of a missile with attributes such as this may have would scare the argies shitless. I will probably be able to hear the screaming by TMBOA from my house, it's only 150Km or so away.

    It's like shouting “the Ghurkhas are here” in front of the Pink Whore House (and yes, it WAS a whore house) lovingly known as The Casa Rosada: within two minutes the inmates would have scarpered!

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 11:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Livingthedream

    Oh no! the Argentineans are coming rowing their rice boots! Oh no!
    Brits are a bunch of sissies

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    I regret that the UK has been obliged to test this equipment in the Falkland Islands. It has, of course, been necessary because of the continuing threatening “noises” from Argentina and its inability to accept that the Falklands Islands are NOT deemed to be Argentine territory nor has the archipelago ever pertained to that country nor, indeed, will it ever pertain to them.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Sounds like the usual thick uninformed pillocks who work in the UK news media!
    Royal Marines - along with any other military unit are routinely deployed to the Falklands either as the infantry garrison at the time - or - as part of the regular and very routine reinforcement exercises.

    100% the same for the Artillery - they routinely deploy a unit to the Islands as part of the regular exercises.

    these exercises also involve life firing of a variety of short range anti aircraft missiles.

    Nothing new at all in this “story”! Just a Monday!

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 01:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    Actually these upgrades were always going to happen, no matter how many planes and ships the Argentines are trying to buy, because unlike Argentina the UK is always upgrading its military hardware.

    Of course it won't hurt to flex a bit of muscle in Argentina's direction. No doubt the Argentine government will be foaming at the mouth screeching about 'militarisation' but as usual no one will take any notice.

    The Argentine government is always shooting itself in the foot. On the one hand the complain about the UKs 'militarisation', and the next they are boasting to the world that they are planning on buying aircraft that have the ability to reach the Falklands, and then they are screeching once more about militarisation when the UK upgrades its military assets!!!

    They must honestly believe that no one else in the world can see what they say or do in Argentina.

    And certainly no 'sane' country in the world could object to the UK beefing up its defence given Argentina's constant belligerent stance.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 01:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron II

    it seems the only thing fatty camoron can do is to send his troops to our wonderful mar argentino...LOL
    now, what the fuck is he going to do?
    to contaminate even more our splendorous ecosystem with those old missiles?
    or with those leaking boats?

    and then this repugnant fatso and the whole colony of 3rd class plebs expect better relations with the region?
    yeah, right...LOL X 1 MILLION.

    the response will be more and more isolation to the islets.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @12 paulie

    Aw paulie you sound jealous. You know it really cheers me up reading your frustrated and rambling posts.

    The Falklands are still British. Argentina is still the laughing stock of the world, and you still have no future.

    And tomorrow the Falklands will still be British, and Argentina will still be the laughing stock of the world, and you will still have no future. And so on and so forth.

    And in 25 years time, the Falklands will still be British, Argentina will still be the laughing stock of the world (assuming you all haven't disappeared up your own arses), and you will still have no future.

    And all you can do is throw pathetic insults and howl at the moon.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    At some point Rgs need to realize Defence is not aggressive.
    Just because they chose to denude their own Military they shouldn't expect others to follow.

    Chile should invade and take the producing provinces and leave the rest of them to starve.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussiesunshinee

    *7 At least the Argentines do their own fighting. You Poms need the
    Ghurkhas. Bloody disgrace...... ummmmmmmmmm

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @12 cara de dos ortos podridos

    When are you going to make a statement that is 1)mature, 2) serious and 3)which makes sense? Boludo!

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 03:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “At least the Argentines do their own fighting.”

    Yes, when the enemy are unarmed.

    When the enemy are armed, it's a case of the first Argentine to reach base after running away from the enemy, gets a medal.

    The Ghurkas like to join in on the action-but surrendering Argentines stopped them joining in during 1982

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 04:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Variants of HVM's are in current operation and this missile can be used surface to air, surface to surface and air to surface as there are light and heavy options, heavy being used to penetrate the hull of a surface ship as described by the MOD.

    The Ghurkas are a regiment of the British Army as you well know, so stop implying otherwise or that any British soldier is scared of an Argentine. We have been fighting wars for years whilst you have been getting fat and slow and hopelessly out of date.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 04:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • R I F

    Well, what do you expect us to do? Argentina is actively brainwashing their kids singing songs, future generations of Argentinians who are being misled into believing the Falklands are legitimately theirs and have been stolen by the UK. History shows that to be a complete and utter barefaced lie on the part of the Argentinians. And such action by the Argentinians will only ensure one thing, and one thing only. They will try again, sooner or later, they will try again.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Philippe

    International brigands keep out of the Falklands- or else!


    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 05:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Oh dear, this is going to cause another hissy fit in BA.

    A tirade no doubt of the same old rhetoric.

    Never mind the military necessities, this sort of thing is worth doing for the entertainment value alone.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 15 spanisharseholee

    Did you see the video from the Falklands during the war, you know where the British Troops kicked your Latin-American arses?

    The Ghurkhas were pissed off when their British Officer had to give them the bad news that the war was over and they would not fight in it.

    All they wanted to do was to cut the throats of some argie scum; SOUNDS REASONABLE TO ME!

    Or were you just lying, like usual?

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 05:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    The Argentine military is such sad shape. The Falklands is in no danger, quite the opposite. With one Trident submarine, Type 45 warship, five Typhoon fighters and two platoons of paratroopers Argentina could be easily destroyed.

    (Frankly once they hear there is a British sub in the south Atlantic their few operating warships would flee back to port and if the Argentine soldiers hear the British are deploying Guhrka Rifles, they'll hide under their bunks with wet pants.)

    Meanwhile the single squad of Typhoons would be shooting down all the decrepit and barely operable AA museum piece fighters...

    During the Falklands War, Argentine pilots exhibited great skill, bravery and great initiative, but they were the exception. The ARA (except their pilots.) as well as the Army who demonstrated incredible cowardice.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron II

    ”And in 25 years time, the Falklands will still be British, Argentina will still be the laughing stock of the world (assuming you all haven't disappeared up your own arses), and you will still have no future.”

    but my dear 25 years the whole bunch of isleteers will be extinct.
    you know, they (YOU) are an aging population, with an average age of 72, a birth rate lower than 1 and a death rate higher than 15.
    add to that all your genetic problems, inbred families and stuff...
    i say in 10 years the islets will be inhabited only by sheep and penguins

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 06:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    You don't know your arse from your elbow, when the oil starts to flow in about 2019 there will be an infux of oil workers associated with the oil industry and will undoubtedly take their wives and families as I did. You have never been to the FALKLANDS so you would not know what the average age of the population.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 06:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    With all the offers of help the argentines are expecting,
    Planes , ships , missiles , and of course the argentine governments infected diseased head,

    then their can only be one outcome to this stupid argentine scenario,

    Argentine , it seems, will get and deserve everything it gets,

    its just a sad fact that the innocent will suffer because of there governments obsession with Empire building.

    so they say.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 06:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussiesunshinee

    *18 If the Ghurkas are a regiment of the British Army, then why are they not paid
    fair pensions??????? ummmmmm
    *22 fight your own bloody wars and stop enlisting foreign troops to do the dirty work for you lot!!!!

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 06:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Insult from a distance,
    beg at my feet
    said the Ghurkha
    before he cut of his feet.


    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @8. I thought argies had “jet propulsion” as they shit themselves and farted. I expect CFK will be able to hover for short periods. Then there's the pointy steel stakes where she plans to “land”.
    @12. Not quite accurate, Pablo. As I understand it, the plan is to let you take a step too far. Britain has lots of money. Want to watch your pueblos crumble? Unlike cedron coward, I am quite willing to travel to the Falklands at my own expense. But I have a number of important conditions. I have to be supplied with combat clothing, e.g. uniform, combat vest, helmet. I have to be supplied with an automatic assault rifle in full working order. I have to be supplied by enough suitable ammunition to annihilate every argie. Finally, I need a radio. Utterly necessary so that someone can keep my score.
    15. 2 and 3 Para. 42 and 45 Commando. You are such a lying prat.
    @24. You're also a lying prat. Because you have nothing else. But let's suppose you're right. 10 years and the Islands will have a population with TEN times the intelligence of argies.
    @27. No business of yours, scumshit.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 07:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Cristina is on a shopping spree....

    Islamic Republic News Agency
    Tehran, June 22, IRNA

    In a surprise announcement, Argentina and Iran have agreed to the introduction into Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) service of the Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313) advanced stealth aircraft with first deliveries in 2022. Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) noted that the agreement marked a great victory for the Islamic revolution.

    The F-313 Qaher is designed and indigenously produced in Iran by the Aviation Industries Organization (AIO), a division of the Ministry of Defense, and IRIAF.

    The aircraft design is a canard configuration. It is described as a stealth fighter built with advanced materials, a very low radar signature and with low-altitude operations capability. The Qaher can take off and land on short runways and has “easy maintenance”. Qaher has a payload capacity of carrying two 2000 pound bombs, or greater number of smaller smart guided missiles, or at least 6 air-to-air missiles in the category of the PL-12.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Paulie- Oh dear - yet again you open you r mouth and all this greeny brown stuff falls out of it!
    Tell If as you claim the av age is 72 and birth rate lower than 1

    Please tell us:

    Why are we having to expand Both our Schools and plan to build a new Junior School that will be at least 50% greater capacity that the current one?

    Why have we record numbers of young 15 yr old Islanders qualifying to go away to Europe for the College and then University education- and then RETURNING?


    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 08:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brucey-babe

    Conqueror #5
    @3. I know where you're coming from Conqueror my point was that next time we will hit the mainland with something a tad larger !

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 08:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @30 Chicureo, wasn't the Qaher-313 written off as a propaganda exercise by Iran? Where the “official” photographs looked suspiciously like they'd photoshopped the display model onto a file photo of a mountain? The phrase “laughable fake” rings a vague bell...

    If so, I'd say that it'd be a perfect match for the FAA - Argentina can not pay for fighter aircraft that aren't real, so everyone is happy.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @19 R I F,
    I've been saying that for quite awhiles now.
    They will try again.
    We must not get complacent.
    And this time it must be Total War.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Poor Paul's education can't help him.

    Even uninhabited, the Falkland Islands would still be British. Just like South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

    Next yawn-inducing claim please!

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #33 Rufus

    I'm shocked and hurt that you question the validity of the news report. Surely The Argentines would be caught up in some-kind of trickery?

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    8 Livingthenightmare

    You're back, I thought you were dead: what a disappointment.

    Spouting the usual febrile minded crap I see.

    When are you going to get a new brain? One from a chipmunk would be a good improvement?

    @ 27 spanisharseholee

    Read my post properly and try to understand English instead if the low class Jibber-Jabber you use.

    Way too late with the pensions! That was settled about 2009 by the lovely Joanna Lumley, what you are missing is these are retired soldiers who for many years accepted their pension but now want to join on the bandwagon for the latest pension so good luck to them.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malicious bloke


    “Further, the canopy appears to be constructed of ”basic plastic,“ the air intakes are unusually small, and ”The whole impression is of some plastic parts pasted to an old flying platform.“ One expert says the cockpit and ejection seat seem real, but the Qaher-313 displayed seemed too small to be a capable fighter. A photo of the cockpit shows a simple glass cockpit design using civilian avionics from Dynon Avionics and Garmin which are normally found on much less sophisticated general aviation aircraft. The markings on the backup airspeed indicator in this photo seem unrealistic, suggesting a stall speed in landing configuration of merely 70 knots and a never exceed speed of about 260 knots; values more likely to be found on a small turboprop aircraft.”

    I'm terrified :D

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 10:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @36 Chicureo, I'm sure that the Argentine plans to buy, and potentially even pay for, these revolutionary new aircraft that haven't been seen flying outside official releases from the Iranian government are at least as genuine as the aircraft themselves are.

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 10:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Genuine as the sweet frozen smile of Cristina, as certain as the Peso will never be devaluated and the confidence of a Argentine promise...

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 11:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    New antiaircraft missile test in Falklands,

    give it two days an ?/
    wail wail to the UN crying for sympathy,
    the british are invading the south Atlantic bla bla , help help,

    begs the OAS for help and all her friends lol

    Jun 22nd, 2015 - 11:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    6 SebaSvtz (#)

    That is HMS Richmond (F239) indeed launching an AGM-84 Harpoon.

    Jun 23rd, 2015 - 07:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    This is whats coming to mpa in the next few years to replace rapier start ramping up for a truly epic amount of rage argentina

    Jun 23rd, 2015 - 10:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SebaSvtz

    @ 42 Zathras

    Thank you :)

    Jun 23rd, 2015 - 11:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    44 SebaSvtz (#)

    You are welcome.
    In fact the picture of Richmond is taken directly from the Wikipedia page.

    I'm presuming the High Velocity Missile is the StarStreak.
    A pretty standard piece of kit with a velocity of Mach (that's how it's spelt folks, named after Ernst Mach) number in excess of 4.

    Oh and I see

    24 paulcedron II (#)

    Is once again making spurious claims without any basis in truth.
    I pointed out before the people of the Falkland Islands have a mean age on 40-44 years. I even added a reference.

    Jun 23rd, 2015 - 11:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    People, please...

    Let's lay off Paulcedron a bit because as we all know, he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    Actually the adolescent is not only mentally challenged, but is suffering from severe depression as his transvestite significant other abandoned him and his mother is threatening to kick him out of living in her flat...

    Jun 23rd, 2015 - 01:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @24 Paul
    “add to that all your genetic problems, inbred families and stuff...”

    As their population has never been higher and with much more immigration in the last 30 years, than the previous 150 years, why have they not died out yet?

    Is it the South American genes from the 19th century '(cheating' death) that is keeping the population alive?

    Too bad about you having to sell your aircraft for scrap-still you must be feeling flush with 3 pesos in your pocket.

    Jun 24th, 2015 - 10:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Livingthedream

    @37 Chris you must have missed me since you always notice my absence!
    Luv you too old boy!

    Jun 24th, 2015 - 12:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 48 Livingthenightmare

    Yes, you are very special to me.

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. I monitor all the numb-nuts who have berated me. I am always polite to people except when they start with the insults: just like you.

    Jun 24th, 2015 - 05:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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