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03:09 PM, March 28, 2019
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MBDA Brimstone 3 first firing trial

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.

According to MBDA, all trial objectives had been achieved with the missile proving full closed-loop guidance, with the seeker progressing into target acquisition and track. The testing included operating in conditions down to -30˚C (-22˚F).

Brimstone 3 is part of a £400 million ($527 million) capability sustainment programme deal placed by the UK Ministry of Defence in March 2018.

The missile can be used by the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Protector RG1 remotely piloted air system, and the British Army's Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. With a 50kg (114lb) launch weight, the Brimstone missile is equipped with a dual-mode semi-active laser/millimetric wave radar seeker.

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