A museum in Nottinghamshire recently took delivery of a disabled historic missile defense system which will form an exhibit unlike any other museum in the country.
The Newark Air Museum has entered into an agreement with MBDA UK Limited to accept on loan what is believed to be the only complete example of the company’s famous Rapier Field Standard C (FSC) ground-based air defense system.
The acquisition is part of a broader collection policy of the museum consisting of exhibiting equipment used for the maintenance of aircraft and for the operation of aerodromes.
The Rapier Field Standard C system will be displayed in the covered area of hangar two. It will join and complement similar displays in the hangar, such as an existing RAF Regiment display, as well as the recently opened RAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal display.
“We are delighted and extremely proud to have secured the loan of such a unique set of objects for the collection,” said museum curator Mike Smith.
“We are especially grateful for the assistance provided by the staff at MBDA, who helped us establish this loan agreement and complete the safe move of this Rapier Field Standard C system to Newark.”
Rapier systems entered service in 1971, with some still defending military assets around the world today.
The defense system has even made a few famous appearances, such as being used to help protect the London Olympics in 2012, and had a cameo on screen in Hollywood in the 2014 film Kingsmen: The Secret Service.
Retired RAF Air Commodore and now MBDA adviser Al Byford said: “We are proud of our heritage of producing equipment for our armed forces which has protected our troops, our airfields and the UK”
“Equipment such as this FSC Rapier has historical military significance and it is fitting that we share it with the Newark Air Museum, so that those interested in such a piece of RAF history can visit and view it. see preserved.”
MBDA is a European defense group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that meet all the current and future operational needs of the three armies.