MBDA has won a contract to integrate Brimstone missile onto UK Air Force's Protector RG Mk1 drone.
Brimstone and Protector RG Mk1 will provide new capabilities to the Air Force's ISTAR force, enabling them to engage high-speed moving and manoeuvring targets (including maritime fast attack craft for the first time), MBDA said in a statement Thursday.
The Protector RG Mk1 can carry three lightweight Brimstones per weapon station, and so offers a much higher loadout than the Reaper platform it will replace.
Integration of Brimstone onto the MQ-9B SkyGuardian's weaponised version follows a series of successful firing trials of Brimstone from the Reaper/Predator B aircraft in the United States that demonstrated the advancement in performance that Brimstone offers. Brimstone integration will be completed in time for the entry to service of the aircraft with the RAF.
In early 2018, the UK MoD announced a £400 million contract with MBDA for the capability sustainment programme (CSP) of Brimstone missile, to build new missiles and extend this missile’s service life beyond 2030.
General Atomics has teamed with Belgiums SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline, DronePort and Newtec to provide Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) activities and other services to support the Belgian militarys selection of SkyGuardian UAVs. GA-ASI and SABCA will be responsible for production and MRO activities, including initial in-country entry into service and support for SkyGuardian
General Atomics has received a Special Airworthiness Certification in the Experimental Category from the FAA for its second MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft. The company-owned Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – registered as N191FP and known as YBC02 – joins the first SkyGuardian in support of the MQ-9B development program
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully completed a trans-Atlantic flight of its Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), becoming the first MALE RPA to do so
MBDA has test-fired latest iteration of the precision-strike weapon, Brimstone 3. Conducted at the Vidsel range in Sweden, the telemetry unit-equipped Brimstone 3 was deployed from a surface launcher against a pick-up truck target, the company said in a statement
MBDA will be introducing the SPIMM (Self-Protection Integrated Mistral Module) designed to equip ships of all types, particularly those without a combat system (such as supply ships), at NAVDEX 2019 this week in UAE. The SPIMM module consists of a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret equipped with two ready-to-fire Mistral missiles and a 360° infrared panoramic system to detect and track air and surface threats
MBDA and Milrem Robotics debut the worlds first anti-tank unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at IDEX 2019, the main defence industry event in the MENA region. The joint project integrates the Milrem Robotics THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle with the MBDA IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) system fitted with two MMP 5th generation battlefield engagement missiles and a self-defence machine gun
BAE Systems has won a $21 million contract to supply 155mm smoke and illuminating artillery rounds to the UK. Rheinmetalls existing Assegai Carrier design will be used which will deliver time and cost savings by removing the need for an entirely new round to be designed, the company said in a statement Tuesday
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