Magazine
Latest Issue

Can Britain defend the Falkands?

Once lost, the islands would be impossible to retake

By Christopher Parry   March 2012

A Chinook aircraft waits for a load at Fox Bay in the Falklands, 1989. Photo: Flickr Commons

On the thirtieth anniversary year of the Falklands conflict, the Argentinian government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is restating its claim to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Could Britain defend them, if needed?

Britain maintains four Typhoon attack aircraft in the Falklands along with a naval patrol vessel and an enhanced infantry company, backed up by early warning radar and combat support assets. A destroyer or frigate and a nuclear submarine provide more cover, but not all the…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect