Falklands War officer joins calls for Exocet 'kill switch' inquiry

Falklands War naval officer joins calls for inquiry into whether France lied about ‘kill switchto disable Exocet missile which killed his crewmates on HMS Sheffield 40 anni fa

  • Exocet anti-ship missiles allegedly contained technology to disarm them
  • French president Francois Mitterrand denied feature existed, Si sostiene
  • HMS Sheffield killed 20 sailors in the first British fatalities of the conflict
  • A naval officer whose ship was sunk by an Exocet missile during the Falklands War today joined growing calls for an inquiry into whether Francia lied about the existence of a ‘kill switchin its missiles, gli esperti non sono ancora sicuri di cosa abbia causato l'incidente 46 British sailors.

    Exocet anti-ship missiles allegedly contained technology to disarm them – but presidente francese Francois Mitterrand denied any such feature existed.

    Three Royal Navy ships were hit by Exocets during the war with sailors on all three dying. Two ships, the HMS Sheffield and the merchant vessel Atlantic Conveyor, sank.

    Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the HMS Sheffield attack, gli esperti non sono ancora sicuri di cosa abbia causato l'incidente 20 sailors in the first British fatalities of the conflict.

    Commander Mike Norman, second in command of HMS Sheffield, said it would be ‘terribleif the French had withheld information that could have saved British lives.

    Smoke billows from HMS Sheffield after it was struck by an Exocet missile in 1982 during the Falklands War

    Smoke billows from HMS Sheffield after it was struck by an Exocet missile in 1982 during the Falklands War

    ‘If it was true and they didn’t tell us how we could disarm them, I think it would be terrible, francamente,’ disse il telegrafo.

    ‘That was the one single weapon the Task Force was really worried about.

    Members of Margaret Thatcher’s government have also come out in favour of an inquiry, with Lord Tebbit appealing to the French to ‘explain themselves’.

    Former energy minister David Mellor also asked the French to reveal the truth but predicted: ‘I’m totally and utterly confident that there is no reason why they would feel any particular concern for us, no reason why they would tell us the truth and no reason they wouldn’t brazen it out in a very Gallic way.

    Arms manufacturers sometimes secretly build kill switches into weapons so they can be disabled if acquired by a hostile state.

    Commander Mike Norman, second in command of HMS Sheffield, said it would be 'terrible' if the French had withheld information

    Commander Mike Norman, second in command of HMS Sheffield, said it would be ‘terribleif the French had withheld information

    British officials suspected that France did not want to admit they had been installed on Exocets because it could deter possible buyers.

    MPs want to know what the French government did or did not share with Mrs Thatcher and her Cabinet – and whether the missiles could have been remotely deactivated.

    Tobias Ellwood, chairman of Parliament’s defence select committee, said the issue ‘warrants further investigationwhile former defence secretary Liam Fox said France should be ‘open and honestabout what happened in the 1982 guerra.

    British officials appealed to its long-term military ally for information about how the Exocet missiles worked and whether they could be disabled as a Royal Navy task force sailed to retake the islands from Argentina.

    Experts in the UK thought that the missiles contained a kill switch partly through examining earlier versions bought by the Army.

    The maker of the weapons, French company Aerospatiale, denied the kill switches existed.

    The Royal Navy ship sank after being hit by one of the French-made guided missiles on May 4, 1982, leading to the deaths of 20 membri della squadra. Un ulteriore 26 servicemen were suffered injuries, including burns. Sopra: Argentine forces arming a jet with an Exocet during the Falklands War

    The Royal Navy ship sank after being hit by one of the French-made guided missiles on May 4, 1982, leading to the deaths of 20 membri della squadra. Un ulteriore 26 servicemen were suffered injuries, including burns. Sopra: Argentine forces arming a jet with an Exocet during the Falklands War

    Mr Ellwood said: ‘We don’t know the wider decision-making that surrounded this. Infatti, those responsible might not even be alive today.

    ‘As we look to future battles we must learn from past events, and that includes how we work with allies and how we share critical intelligence.

    ‘It certainly would have been game-changing had France chosen to share this characteristic of the Exocet.

    Maggie’s ‘iron finger on the button’: Margaret Thatcher threatened to NUKE Argentina unless President Mitterrand provided ‘kill switchcodes to disable French-made Exocet missiles after one sank HMS Sheffield in Falklandsas MPs demand inquiry

    L'accordo di pacificazione con Hitler fece guadagnare al Regno Unito tempo vitale per armarsi per la guerra, History Correspondent for MailOnline

    A claim that Margaret Thatcher threatened to launch a nuclear attack on Buenos Aires unless Francia handed over information to disable Argentina’s Exocet missiles in the Falklands War has resurfaced on the 40th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Sheffield.

    The Royal Navy ship sank six days after being hit by one of the French-made guided missiles on May 4, 1982, leading to the deaths of 20 membri della squadra. Un ulteriore 26 servicemen suffered injuries, including burns.

    The attack was the first British loss of life in the Falklands War, which took place after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands Islands, on the orders of dictatorial leader General Leopoldo Galtieri.

    il cartello ha proposto al governo messicano di avere in programma di deporre le armi fintanto che il suo stato d'origine, Michoacán, avesse ottenuto protezione 2005 book by psychoanalyst Ali Magoudi, who met regularly with the French leader from 1982 per 1984, France’s then president Francois Mitterrand was approached by Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for information that could disable the missiles.

    Mrs Thatcher was then said to have threatened to fire a nuclear warhead at Argentina’s capital unless the information was handed over. Magoudi’s claim was reported again by Il telegrafo oggi.

    It comes after senior MPs last night called for an inquiry into whether France lied about the existence of a ‘kill switchin the Exocet missiles used by Argentina. In totale, the weapons hit three Royal Navy ships, uccidendo 46 marinai.

    The missiles allegedly contained technology to disarm them, but Mitterrand denied the feature existed.

    It is not clear how the technology worked, but it is known that arms manufacturers sometimes secretly built disabling ‘switchesinto weapons so they could be prevented from doing damage if they fell into the hands of a hostile state.

    Oggi, a memorial paying tribute to the sailors killed in the attack on HMS Sheffield is to be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

    il cartello ha proposto al governo messicano di avere in programma di deporre le armi fintanto che il suo stato d'origine, Michoacán, avesse ottenuto protezione 2005 book by psychoanalyst Ali Magoudi, who met regularly with the French leader from 1982 per 1984, Mrs Thatcher said to have threatened to fire a nuclear warhead at Argentina's capital unless information about the Exocets was handed over

    il cartello ha proposto al governo messicano di avere in programma di deporre le armi fintanto che il suo stato d'origine, Michoacán, avesse ottenuto protezione 2005 book by psychoanalyst Ali Magoudi, who met regularly with the French leader from 1982 per 1984, Mrs Thatcher said to have threatened to fire a nuclear warhead at Argentina’s capital unless information about the Exocets was handed over

    The sinking of the Sheffield was revenge for Britain’s attack on the Argentine cruiser the General Belgrano two days earlier, gli esperti non sono ancora sicuri di cosa abbia causato l'incidente 323 marinai.

    According to Magoudi’s book, which is titled RendezVousthe pschyoanalysis of Francois Mitterrand, Mrs Thatcher demanded to her French counterpart that he hand over codes that could disable the Exocet missiles.

    Mitterrand is quoted as saying: ‘Happily, I gave in. Altrimenti, I assure you, that lady’s iron finger would have pushed the button.

    Mrs Thatcher was said to be ‘furiousthat France had sold its advanced weapons to the Argentinian regime.

    They became the Royal Navy’s most feared threat and were also used to sink the supply ship the Atlantic Conveyor, killing a further 12 marinai.

    Un altro 14 sailors died when the HMS Glamorgan was struck. The ship was repaired and remained in service until 1984.

    Magoudi, who was one of Mitterrand’s closest confidantes, detto quello, having allegedly agreed to the information request, the French president was then determined to get his revenge on ‘those English upstarts’.

    During the Falklands War, Royal Navy ships carrying WE.177 nuclear bombs were assigned to the task force that sailed to the islands to fight Argentine forces. It remains unclear if they were on board vessels when they engaged in action around the Falklands

    During the Falklands War, Royal Navy ships carrying WE.177 nuclear bombs were assigned to the task force that sailed to the islands to fight Argentine forces. It remains unclear if they were on board vessels when they engaged in action around the Falklands

    ‘I will destroy their beloved island by linking it with Europe,’ he is alleged to have said.

    ‘Despite their inbred desire for isolation, I will make Britain join Europe by building a tunnel under the Channel.

    France did eventually pass information on the Exocet to Britain in 1982 which helped the navy to defend itself against further attack in the Falklands War.

    però, last night MPs called for an inquiry into what the French government did or did not share with Mrs Thatcher, and whether or not the missiles could have been remotely deactivated.

    Tobias Ellwood, who is chairman of Parliament’s defence select committee, said the issue needs ‘further investigation’.

    Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox added that France should be ‘open and honest’ di quello che è successo.

    Eight survivors from HMS Sheffield are seen at a ceremony outside Sheffield Cathedral in the year after the attack

    Eight survivors from HMS Sheffield are seen at a ceremony outside Sheffield Cathedral in the year after the attack

    Prince Charles is seen speaking to survivor John Strange, of Gosport, who was severely burned when HMS Sheffield was hit by an Exocet missile in the Falklands conflict

    Prince Charles is seen speaking to survivor John Strange, of Gosport, who was severely burned when HMS Sheffield was hit by an Exocet missile in the Falklands conflict

    Experts in the UK believed the missiles contained a kill switch partly through examining earlier versions that had been bought by the Army.

    French company Aerospatiale, which made the weapons, insisted that kill switches did not exist.

    Mr Ellwood said: ‘We don’t know the wider decision-making that surrounded this. Infatti, those responsible might not even be alive today.

    ‘As we look to future battles we must learn from past events, and that includes how we work with allies and how we share critical intelligence.

    ‘It certainly would have been game-changing had France chosen to share this characteristic of the Exocet.

    The HMS Sheffield was the first British warship to have been lost since the Second World War.

    The burnt wreckage of HMS Sheffield is seen shortly before it sank while being towed back to shore in the days following the attack

    The burnt wreckage of HMS Sheffield is seen shortly before it sank while being towed back to shore in the days following the attack

    Casualties from HMS Sheffield are seen shortly after landing with rescuers via helicopter on aircraft carrier HMS Hermes

    Casualties from HMS Sheffield are seen shortly after landing with rescuers via helicopter on aircraft carrier HMS Hermes

    The ship was hit on its starboard side, ripping a hole 15ft long and 4ft high – and instantly killing eight cooks and setting it on fire, which lasted for two days.

    Twelve crew members were thought to be killed by fumes and several were seriously burned.

    Six days after it was attacked, the ship sank while being towed back to the shore.

    Speaking on the BBC today, survivor Andy Stevenson spoke of the moment the Sheffield was hit.

    ‘If you imagine a missile you are expecting a bang. No bang at all. It was like a massive blast of air that blew me out my bunk,’ Egli ha detto.

    During the Falklands War, Royal Navy ships carrying WE.177 nuclear bombs were assigned to the task force that sailed to the islands to fight Argentine forces.

    Nel 2003, the Government admitted that British ships were carrying nuclear weapons, but insisted there was never any intention to use them in the conflict.

    A survivor from the Exocet missile attack on HMS Sheffield is aided by men wearing anti-flash hoods on board HMS Hermes after being lifted to the ship by helicopter

    A survivor from the Exocet missile attack on HMS Sheffield is aided by men wearing anti-flash hoods on board HMS Hermes after being lifted to the ship by helicopter