MBDA is all set to win a £411million (US $590 million) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to develop the Spear 3 weapon.
The Spear 3 is described as the sister weapon to MBDA’s Brimstone already in service with the RAF in Iraq and Syria against so-called Islamic State, The Mail reported Sunday.
Spear 3 has already been test-fired from a Typhoon aircraft but the contract will allow MBDA to develop the missile for use with the controversial F35 Lightning stealth fighter, made by Lockheed of the US. The missile is expected to come into service with the Lightning in 2025.
It uses a turbojet engine rather than traditional rocket power and it will be further developed before going into full production after four years.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said, “These new missiles combined with our new F35 Lightning will enable us to hit our enemies harder. They are both part of our commitment to increase defence spending to keep Britain safe.”
“The weapon provided ‘decisive operational advantage’. The F35 has been dogged by problems during testing but is intended to be the mainstay of the Royal Navy’s two aircraft carriers,” Tony Douglas, equipment chief with the MoD was quoted as saying by the news daily.
The first Lightning is due to land on the carriers in 2018, while the aircraft will also be in service with the RAF.
The Danish government will employ the recently recommended 27 F-35 fighter aircraft to perform the same national and international tasks currently assigned to F-16 fighter aircraft. The Danish government last Friday published their recommendation that F-35 should replace Denmarks aging F-16s
Japan will fly the F-35A Lightning II fighter jet for the first time by years end. The first four stealth planes earmarked for Japan will roll off a production line in Fort Worth, Texas, in November, said Eric W
The Danish Department of Defense has considered buying 27 F-35A to meet its national defense requirements. At a press meeting on May 12, 2016, the prime minister and the defence minister of Denmark announced that the government recommend buying 27 F-35 aircraft
European missile manufacturer MBDA is waiting for permission from India's Defense Ministry to finalize its negotiation with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on naval air defense missile. “Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) is at very final stage, we have addressed all the topics linked to design, work share, future production, content of technology transfer (ToT)” Loic Piedevache, country head India of MBDA group, said during workshop organized on missile technologies for Indian armed forces
A UK Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has successfully fired a SPEAR air-to-surface precision strike weapon for the first time in a flight trial conducted from BAE Systems site in Warton, Lancashire. The SPEAR missile is being developed to meet the UKs Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 (SPEAR Cap 3) requirement for the UKs F-35 Lightning II aircraft, with the potential to equip Typhoon
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