Weapons and Kit

Watch: Firing the missile protecting UK's aircraft carriers

The UK's Wildcat helicopters can carry up to 20 of the laser-sensor Martlet missiles.

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter has tested a new missile while deployed with the UK's Carrier Strike Group (CSG21).

The Martlet missile system is designed to protect the Navy's Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers from attack by small boats.

It is the first time the weapon has been fired during frontline operations, according to the Navy.

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The Wildcat, from 815 Naval Air Squadron, has been deployed on CSG21 with HMS Defender.

The helicopters can carry up to 20 laser-sensor Martlet missiles.