A Merlin helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron loaded and fired flares from HMS Prince of Wales, while embarked for Exercise Steadfast Defender.

The flares make up one portion of the Defensive Aid Suite (DAS) system, they are specifically designed to defeat Infra- Red seeking missiles (MANPADS).

The aircraft carrier is taking part in Exercise Steadfast Defender. Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER 2024 will be the largest NATO exercise in decades.

NATO forces will be exercising across multiple regions and in multiple domains (maritime, land, air, space, and cyber).

The vast scale of this exercise will occur over several months and thousands of kilometres and will involve tens of thousands of Allied troops, all showcasing NATO capabilities to deter adversaries and defend allied territory.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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1 month ago

Can they carry chaff as well?

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
29 days ago
Reply to  Concerned

And do these carriers have their own decoy launchers as carried by other RN ships? Don’t need to give away any state secrets here but I can’t see anything anywhere, but it’s a big ship so easy miss.

Last edited 29 days ago by Quentin D63
29 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Potentially this article references terma and their video shows chaff launchers. Merlins as to be expected have chaff according to here