In 1986, the BBC's Horizon programme made a documentry about the lessons of the various Argentine air attacks against RN ships during the Falklands War. It was only this week I found it on YouTube. In The Wake Of HMS Sheffield The link takes you to the first of six parts, the rest are linked in the normal YouTube way. My original ambition (from school age) intention was to become a Weapon Engineer Officer in the RN (didn't get past the AIB, then failed a Tiff entry then ended up as a Reservist doing something completely different) so it is of huge interest to me. Some of this stuff (lobe pecking, seduction mode chaff) was stuff I got taught as a Electronics/Communications Engineering student - an ex RN Lt Cdr taught Radar and Navigation which included some basic study of Electronic Warfare. The ship shown being designed is the Type 23 Frigate, the backbone of our frigate force. The decoy called Siren in the programme was not to come into service just a few years ago - here it is. It's also worth thinking about which lessons were understood by no action was taken, or the lessons forgotten or ignored for reasons of saving money. Note the comments about the Sea Harrier - without which we would have lost the war. The limitations demonstrated in 1982 would lead to the upgraded FA2 version, yet now we have none, and no replacement until F35 comes along. This is why I and many others discussed this issue at huge length on the PPRuNe Sea Jet thread. I don't want us to lose ships needlessly - but I suspect we might. At least a few Sea Harriers were kept in RN hands and are used for training purposes - see here. In theory at least, they could be regenerated. I think the key lesson here, for all three services, is to expect the unexpected. It will be a real shock when UK forces once again face an enemy with a credible air and maritime capability. Losing air dominance will have huge affects on land operations - those Chinooks are going to be easy meat for even a few old MiGs. What happens if the ship carrying half the armoured vehicles to a certain place has been sunk? It is interesting how technologies such as Digital Signal Procesing have advanced since the early eighties (which would have made a substantial difference), and you could speculate on all sorts of what ifs - what if the Corporate task force had had more Sea Wolf armed frigates, or if the AEW Sea Kings had been present during the war? All in all, one of the most interesting things I've found on YouTube.