UK and France signed an agreement to explore future missile technologies with European missile maker MBDA under €100 million ($108 million) program.
Signed during a visit by Laurent Collet-Billon, head of the French defense procurement office, Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) to the Ministry of Defence, the agreement begins a three-year concept phase to develop future long range weapons for the British and French Navies and Air Forces, the British defense ministry said March 28. Each country will contribute €50 million to this phase.
The Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon programme will look at options to replace and improve existing Naval and Air Force weapons systems in the next decade. This will help to define the missile designs and reduce risks to inform decisions about the next stage of the programme, the statement said.
Minister of Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: “Our relationship with France is strong and enduring. We have a long history of cooperation in defence and security with our European Ally. As demonstrated by having Europe’s largest defence budget, the UK is committed to European security and we will continue to collaborate on joint defence programmes across the continent. Today’s agreement will sustain 80 jobs in the UK.”
Délégué Général pour l’Armement Laurent Collet-Billon said: “We are launching today a major new phase in our bilateral cooperation, by planning together a generation of missiles, successor to the Harpoon, SCALP and Storm Shadow. The FC/ASW (future cruise/anti-ship weapon) programme’s aim is to have by around 2030 a new generation of missiles.
The programme was first announced the 2016 Amiens Summit. The agreement allows the Direction Générale de l’Armement to place the contract with MBDA.
France and the UK have signed a GBP146 million (US$182 million) contract with MBDA to upgrade their Storm Shadow/SCALP EG long-range air-launched cruise missiles. Under the contract, MBDA will refurbish the UKs Storm Shadow and Frances SCALP missiles
MBDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Queensland based Ferra Engineering to support Australian Industry content proposal to contribute to $20 billion Land 400 program . MBDA Australia Managing Director, Andy Watson said
HMS Argyll has successfully conducted the first firing of the Sea Ceptor system which provides improved protection for the Royal Navy against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other highly sophisticated threats. The Sea Ceptor system, which utilises MBDAs next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), is being fitted to replace the Sea Wolf weapon system on the Type 23 frigates as part of their life-extension programme, an MBDA release said
MBDA has a secured a £323 million contract for the next batch of Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) for the British Army and Royal Navy. The CAMM is designed for use both at sea and on land
MBDA has introduced its new SmartGlider family of guided weapons, optimised to counter anti-access strategies and other emerging battlespace threats. Planned to become available for fast jets no later than 2025, SmartGlider forms a family of all-up-round glider weapons, with folding wings and a range of over 100 km
Centigon France has handed over a series of armoured vehicles, Fortress Intervention, to the national gendarmerie during a ceremony held at the Pasquier barracks. The Centigon Fortress Intervention is an armoured 4x4 designed for special forces and specialized intervention units in counter-terrorism and policing operations in Europe as well as in external operations
UKs Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded three new missile contracts worth £539 million ($690 million) for Meteor, Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and Sea Viper missile systems from MBDA. Secretary of State, Sir Michael Fallon, said “This substantial investment in missile systems is vital in protecting our ships and planes from the most complex global threats as our Armed Forces keep the UK safe, UK MoD said in a statement Friday
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