‘Britain’s advanced £8 billion ($9.9 billion) Type 26 warships are equipped with missile launchers, but lack the missiles for them, it is claimed.
With the construction of the first eight Type 26 frigates due to start in 2017, there are fears that their onboard weapon systems will be left empty.
The ammunition for the US-made MK 41 launcher is not yet in the possession of the UK military.
Deprived of their main armament, the ships will have to rely on backup weapons like naval cannons and helicopter-borne missiles, unless ammunition is found.
A report by the Times claims that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Equipment Plan appears to show no money has been allocated for missiles, and no missiles have been identified to be purchased.’