07 Nov 2017

Brimstone missile live firing trials successfully completed

The MBDA Brimstone precision strike missile has successfully come through a series of live firing trials from a Eurofighter Typhoon, further enhancing the aircraft’s capabilities.

The trials were conducted from BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information at Warton in Lancashire and form part of a programme of new enhancements, which will be rolled out across the Royal Air Force.

Brimstone will provide the Typhoon aircraft with a low collateral, ultra accurate air-to-surface weapon, increasing the aircraft’s existing combat-proven swing-role performance.

Planning for the next stages of work on Brimstone – including evaluation by the RAF in mid-2018 – is now underway ahead of its entry into service.

The missile is part of the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package which also includes mission system and sensor upgrades. P3E is the final part of Project Centurion – the programme to ensure a smooth transition of Tornado GR4 capabilities on to Typhoon for the RAF.

Andy Flynn, Eurofighter Capability Delivery Director, BAE Systems, said: “To complete this milestone is testament to the expertise and dedication of our people and the value of working closely with our partners. Brimstone will add a low-collateral, high precision strike capability and ensure Typhoon remains fit to meet the threats of the future for decades to come.”

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