The first live firing of MBDA’s Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon has been successfully completed as part of ongoing development work to significantly upgrade the capability of the aircraft.
The trial is part of work to integrate the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package for Typhoon, which will also deliver further sensor and mission system upgrades. The P3E package forms part of Project Centurion – the programme to ensure a smooth transition of Tornado GR4 capabilities on to Typhoon for the Royal Air Force.
The UK’s IPA (Instrumented Production Aircraft) 6 Typhoon conducted the firing with support from the UK Ministry of Defence, MBDA, QinetiQ, Eurofighter GmbH and the Eurofighter Partner Companies – Airbus and Leonardo.
It was designed to test the separation of the low-collateral, high-precision Brimstone weapon when it is released. In total, nine firings will take place to expand the launch and range capabilities.
The initial firing follows completion of a series of around 40 flight trials earlier this year, some of them conducted alongside pilots from the Royal Air Force’s 41(R) Squadron –the Test and Evaluation Squadron - in a Combined Test Team approach.
Volker Paltzo, CEO for Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said: “The successful completion of this trial is an important step towards integration of the weapon on to the aircraft. Brimstone will provide the Typhoon pilot with the ability to precisely attack fast-moving targets at range, further enhancing the aircraft’s already highly potent air-to-surface capabilities.”
Andy Flynn, BAE Systems Eurofighter Capability Delivery Director, added: “Through the dedicated work of our teams, and with support from our partners, we have been able to reach this milestone in a short space of time.
We will now continue to work alongside the Royal Air Force and our partner companies in a joint approach to ensure we successfully deliver this package of enhancements into service.”
The successful trial follows completion earlier this year of the flight trials programme for the MBDA Storm Shadow deep strike air-to-surface weapon and the MBDA Meteor ‘beyond visual range’ air-to-air missile. Operational testing and evaluation of those capabilities is currently ongoing with the Royal Air Force ahead of entry into service in 2018.
MBDA and Boeing have successfully completed a series of physical trials and firings of Brimstone missile from the AH-64E attack helicopter. These trials were conducted to validate the feasibility of integrating the missile with the United Kingdoms future Apache AH-64E fleet and hence it confirmed that integration was expected to be low risk
A BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft featuring the latest weapons fit will be displayed at the Farnborough International Air Show, held from July 11-17, Hampshire, England. The display will demonstrate Typhoon carrying four Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air to Air missiles, two Brimstone 2 low collateral precision strike weapons, two ASRAAM missiles and two Paveway IV laser guided precision weapons
Typhoon combat jet will be integrated with the Brimstone 2 missile under a £165 million makeover deal, representatives of the four-nation program announced at the IDEX defense show on Sunday. The single part of the package is the £72 million deal with BAE Systems to complete integration of MBDA's air-to-ground Brimstone 2, which has won plaudits for its ability to strike small fast-moving targets with low collateral damage during missions in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq
MBDA today announced that the Brimstone 2 missile will be evaluated for UK Typhoons. The missile will later enter service with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) on Tornado GR4s
The United Kingdom has awarded MBDA a £400 million contract for the capability sustainment programme (CSP) of the advanced Brimstone air-to-surface missile, to extend its service life beyond 2030. Under the CSP effort, MBDA will manufacture new Brimstone missiles for the UK Armed Forces in order to replenish the countrys inventory and to maintain the UKs battlefield edge into the future
Eurofighter consortium has pitched its Typhoon fighter jet for Polish air force's future combat aircraft requirement at MSPO show in Kielce from 5-8 September. "Eurofighter Typhoon augments existing capabilities and further complements a powerful deterrence against any potential threat to Polands borders
Eurofighter Typhoons Belonging to the US-led Anti-Daesh coalition flew 1000 sorties, dropping 850 Paveway 4 bombs in Iraq and Syria since 2015 as part of operation SHADER. SHADER is the operational code name given to the contribution of the United Kingdom in the ongoing military intervention against IS militants
The Eurofighter Typhoon will form the 'spear point' of the UKs future combat air defence capability alongside the F-35 Lightning, Harriett Baldwin, the UK Minister for Defence Procurement has said. “We see Typhoon as very much strengthening UK defence and the first quality I would highlight is its reliability; it has an engine that goes over 1,000 flying hours without needing unscheduled maintenance,” Harriett Baldwin MP, the UK Minister for Defence Procurement, was quoted as saying by BAE Systems Thursday
Italian Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoons will be deployed at Graf Ignatievo Airbase in Bulgaria to patrol the Black Sea region as part of NATO's Southern Air Policing mission. For the Air Defence mission the Typhoon can load two 1,500 litre drop-tanks, four Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs), four AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), and an internal Mauser BK-27 27 mm cannon, the company said in a statement Tuesday
KRET To Showcase Helmet-mounted Display For ‘Night Hunter’ Helicopters At HeliRussia-2018
Leonardo Demonstrates first Satellite-controlled MALE-class Drone
Saab to Upgrade Swedish Gripen C/D System
Taiwan to Modernize 30-year Old Submarines
US Approves Sale of 12 Bell AH-1Z Attack Helicopters to Bahrain for...
Russia Ready to Upgrade Indian IL-76/78 Airlift Aircraft
Northrop Grumman To Provide Abrams M1 Eyesafe Laser Rangefinder For Morocco
Dassault to Lead Franco-German Future Combat Air System
One of the most interesting exhibits at the Dubai Air show 2017 occupies a corner in the Aviation Industries Corporation...
While investigators in India are following up on the money trial in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter scandal, the leads as...
With over 451 submarines in service worldwide, the global market of submarines fleet is expected to surge up to $100...
Amid the proliferation of real-time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional...
Helmets for pilots and ground troops do much more than stopping bullets
As the role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) expands from traditional low-resolution reconnaissance to high-res video and infra-red besides precision-attack,...