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UK ballistic missile defence: from the 2nd World War to the present day


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Early development of rockets and defence techniques and an assessment of current ballistic missile capability. Also covering a current programme exploring the potential of Type 45 destroyers to conduct possible Ballistic Missile Defence missions.

Date and Time

26 March 2014 - 19:30-21:00


Newport, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Solent local network.

About this event

Most people will be familiar with the history of the V2 rocket attacks on London during the Second World War. Since then, a number of nations have proliferated ballistic missiles. This talk will cover the early development of rockets and early defence techniques, and an assessment of current ballistic missile capability around the world. The talk will also cover a current programme which is exploring the potential of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers to conduct possible Ballistic Missile Defence missions. This includes experiments on the SAMPSON radar, designed and built by BAE Systems at Cowes.


Jonathon Bluestone BSc (Hons) MIET, BAE Systems


19:00 - Refreshments
19:30 - Lecture starts

Additional information

Contact:  IET Solent Network Isle of Wight Section

A brief Isle of Wight Section annual review will precede this lecture.

Registration information

Advance registration is not required but it is preferred for catering purposes.


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