The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that they are investing around £46m in a new radar system to improve the ability of the Falklands garrison to detect incoming aircraft. The appropriately named Giraffe AMB system is built in Sweden and is mounted on a truck with the array being able to extend upwards to increase detection range that would otherwise be inhibited by the horizon. The system has an effective operational range of around 75 miles and being mobile means that it can be relocated quickly making it extremely difficult to be located and attacked. The UK first acquired Giraffe in 2007 and it has been used operationally in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Falklands. Sources close to the MoD confirm that the new sets will be destined for use in the Falklands.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned there was a “very live threat” to the islands. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph earlier this week he said:
It is our general view that the threat has not reduced. Argentina still, sadly, maintains its claim to the islands 30 or more years after the original invasion and the war and we have to respond to that.