19 Jul 2017

Successful live firing of Brimstone from Typhoon

A successful test of firing of the Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon has been completed.

The trial was undertaken as part of ongoing development work that will significantly upgrade the Typhoon, with this part of the development working to integrate the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package.

P3E forms part of Project Centurion, designed to ensure smooth transition from the Tornado GR4 to the Typhoon, and will see further sensor and mission system upgrades to the fighter.

The trial firing was conducted by the UK’s IPA (Instrumented Production Aircraft) 6 Typhoon, with support from the UK Ministry of Defence, MBDA, QinetiQ, Eurofighter GmbH and the Eurofighter Partner Companies – Airbus and Leonardo.

Volker Paltzo, CEO for Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said: “The successful completion of this trial is an important step towards integration of the weapon on to the aircraft. Brimstone will provide the Typhoon pilot with the ability to precisely attack fast-moving targets at range, further enhancing the aircraft’s already highly potent air-to-surface capabilities.”

Andy Flynn, BAE Systems Eurofighter Capability Delivery Director, added: “Through the dedicated work of our teams, and with support from our partners, we have been able to reach this milestone in a short space of time. We will now continue to work alongside the Royal Air Force and our partner companies in a joint approach to ensure we successfully deliver this package of enhancements into service.”

Andy Bradford, MBDA Director of Typhoon Integration, said: “This first firing is a major milestone for both the Brimstone and Typhoon programmes. Together Brimstone and Typhoon will provide the Royal Air Force and other Eurofighter nations with a world-beating strike capability to beyond 2040.”

 

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