WORLD WAR 3: UK has NO ‘hard kill’ system to stop North Korea’s missiles

Monday, December 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE UK has no “hard kill” system to strike down a North Korean missile if Kim Jong-un decides to target Britain, a former Royal Navy Commander has claimed.

Mon, Dec 4, 2017

After months of threatening the US and the UK, North Korea’s goal of creating an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), that could hit the mainland US were realised last week with the test launch of his new Hwasong-15 rocket.

Now Commander Graham Edmonds, Vice Chairman of the UK National Defence Association, has warned more investment is necessary to ensure the nation is adequately protected from a missile attack.

Commander Edmonds, who served in the Royal Navy for 41 years, told the UK does not have a “hard kill system” capable of blowing an incoming ICBM out of the sky as it approaches Britain.

He said: “The UK has signals intelligence and radar systems capable of detecting ballistic and cruise missiles, but no hard kill system that can shoot down ballistic missiles, and the only systems capable of dealing with cruise missiles are on warships.”

It comes as the Government mulls over potential cuts to the defence budget despite growing tensions around the world.

The increasing military power of Russia, along with North Korea’s lunge towards becoming a nuclear state have led to fears the world is teetering on the brink of World War 3.

Cdr Grahams said: “It is worth considering that no UK military force has come under sustained air attack since the Falklands War and some false perceptions persist that this situation will not change in any future operation.

“Russia is revamping its Blackjack bombers – the biggest bomber in the world – and building new airframes of this venerable aircraft. Why?”

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