Ian Payne is Leading Britain's Conversation.
19 May 2017, 17:34
This is the dramatic moment the Royal Navy’s HMS Diamond test-fired its Sea Viper missile system targeting an incoming drone travelling at 500mph.
The incredible footage from the £1bn Type 45 destroyer demonstrated a projectile attack on the vessel.
The simulation took place off the coast of Scotland.
The missile travelled through the air at four times the speed of sound before destroying the target drone above the Outer Hebrides.
Commanding Officer, Ben Keith said the successful test was the culmination of a week’s work for HMS Diamond.
He said: “I am immensely proud of my team and the work they put in over the past few weeks to make this test firing possible.
“We have proven once again that the Type 45 destroyer is a world-beating ship when it comes to air defence and this firing gives us the utmost confidence in Diamond and her systems in advance of our deployment later this year.”
Watch the dramatic footage above.