- Letter Writer
- Letter to the Editor, Naval Technology
- RAN Ships
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- March 2022 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
I recently received the excellent work Ikara by Angus Britts which rightly and effectively highlights the development of the Ikara weapons system. The book also highlights the forerunner of Ikara, the Malkara guided wire missile system which was also the basis for the Sea Dart system. I note having recently researched the origins of the Malkara weapons system in the National Archives for a forthcoming publication that the British were keen on Australia entering a joint venture with the French for the development of Malkara and they even proposed the idea independently to the French Government. Elements of the British Ministry for Defence had been developing a wire guided missile system competing with Malkara, however eventually the superior system Malkara was adopted by the British Army. The cooperative venture with the French did not eventuate either.