RN website 13 May 2011 said:British Army Apaches have fired Hellfire missiles for the first time whilst flying from a Royal Navy warship.
A significant milestone in proving the capability of Apache to operate and strike from the sea, 30mm cannon and Hellfire missiles were successfully fired against seaborne targets in a long-planned exercise near Gibraltar.
In total, 550 rounds of 30mm and 9 radar-guided Hellfire missiles were fired, achieving a 100% strike rate. This was the first time that Hellfire has been launched in the maritime environment.
The last two weeks have seen a succession of firsts for the Army Air Corps (AAC) Attack Helicopter Force at sea. Currently deployed onboard HMS Ocean, the Royal Navys largest warship, 656 Squadron from 4 Regiment AAC have spent the past few weeks conducting intensive training that will allow them to operate by day and by night...
Wouldn't it have been better to fire them at some kind of hard target, like a tank?
Nope, long preplanned exercise.
Nope, long preplanned exercise.An interesting development in light of current circumstances:
Glad you've been paying attention.
However, the "development" that obviously passed over your head was the first Hellfire firings by Apaches at sea (the clue was in the title of the link).
Which proves what precisely? That a combat proven missile that's been in service for years works when you press the tit?...
But you still can't recognise the difference? If I were you, I'd move along as speedily as possible too.
We proved it last year using Ark Royal.
AH-64's have been also flying off RN decks since 2006. Nothing to see, just an exercise, move along.