- MoD could be set to order £228million super missiles to protect Falklands
- They would replace ageing Rapier missile batteries stationed on the island
- New missiles would be able to travel at 1,000 metres per second
- Comes after reports Argentina is looking to strengthen its air force
- MoD say they remain vigilant and committed to the Falkland Islands
The Ministry of Defence are to order £228million of super missiles to protect the Falklands as Argentina seeks to bolster its air force, it has been reported.
The British territory in the South Atlantic is currently protected by ageing Rapier missile batteries.
Last month, it was reported that Argentina was looking to strengthen its air force by leasing attack jets from Russia.
And according to the Sun, the MoD are to buy a truck-based Future Local Area Air Defence System (FLAADS) to protect the islands.
A source told the newspaper: ‘Argentina’s air force has not improved since their defeat in 1982, but they’ve repeatedly tried to sort that despite being cash-strapped.
‘Britain must always stay one step ahead when it comes to defending the Falklands. Rapier has been a great asset, but it’s time for a new system to counter further threats.’
At the time, the MoD said that following an assessment phase, a decision on whether to buy FLAADS as a replacement for Rapier was expected to be made next year.
An MoD spokesperson said: ‘Our overall military posture in the South Atlantic is based on regular assessments of the threat and the Falkland Islands remain well-defended; we do not offer comment on specific operational details.
The Falkland Islands have been a British territory since 1833, but Argentina dispute this saying sovereignty of the archipelago belongs to them.
Waged over the course of ten weeks, the Falklands War was sparked when Argentina invaded remote British territories in the South Atlantic on April 2, 1982.
Argentina, which refers to the islands as Las Malvinas, had claimed it had inherited them from Spain during the 1800s.
The invasion prompted the UK, which had ruled the islands for 150 years to retaliate, a task force to reclaim the Falklands, with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher saying the 1,800 Falklanders were ‘of British tradition and stock’.