MBDA wins £14 million Brimstone missile contract after success in Libya

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Posted:  01/16/2013  12:00:00 AM EST
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MBDA has signed a new £14 million deal to supply the Royal Air Force with its Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone (DMSB) missile, which is carried by the RAF Tornado and was used during operations in Libya.

During his recent trip to Helmand, Defence Equipment Minister Philip Dunne said: “Brimstone is an extremely effective and reliable weapons system for RAF crews and ISAF Commanders. This investment to replenish supplies used in Afghanistan and in Libya will ensure this capability continues to be available whilst also giving a boost to the UK defence industry.”

230 Brimstone missiles were fired during the Libya campaign. In March 2010 Brimstone was selected as the basis for the RAF's requirement under the Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 2 Block 1 programme. However, due to technical problems the National Audit Office, the government’s spending watchdog, reported last week that the programme had been pushed out to 2015. The technical problems are due to complications with insensitive munitions-compliant rockets.

Wing Commander Andy Turk, the Officer Commanding IX (Bomber) Squadron, said: “Brimstone is being used to great effect by the RAF’s Tornado Force in Afghanistan and was also invaluable during the successful air campaign in Libya. It is very popular with our air crews because of its flexibility, accuracy and reliability – they have real confidence that the weapon will deliver the effects required … Brimstone has become a vital part of our modern and sophisticated arsenal of precision strike weapons.”

 

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