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  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight 10 January 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan 5 August 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • First Brimstone 3 Firing
    First Brimstone 3 Firing 22 March 2019
    MBDA has conducted the first firing of the Brimstone 3 missile at the Vidsel Trials range in Sweden last month. Whilst enduring extreme weather conditions with temperatures below -30°C, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. All trials objectives were fully achieved with the missile proving, through a telemetry unit, full closed loop guidance with the seeker progressing into target acquisition and track. Brimstone 3 is the product of...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time 11 December 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered
    First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered 9 July 2018
    The Royal Air Force received the first Eurofighter Typhoon with integrated Project Centurion weapon package. Within BAE Systems' integration activities, aircrafts gained ability to use tMeteor beyond the visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and MBDA production Storm Shadow missiles. During the first phase of the project, a total of 26 units will be upgraded to Centurion level. After this program, aircrafts can use Paveway IV, Storm Shadow, Meteor and...
  • Brimstone Extend its Service Life Beyond 2030
    Brimstone Extend its Service Life Beyond 2030 27 March 2018
    The United Kingdom has awarded MBDA a $565 million contract for the capability sustainment programme (CSP) of the advanced Brimstone air-to-surface missile, to extend its service life beyond 2030. Under the CSP effort, MBDA will manufacture new Brimstone missiles for the UK Armed Forces in order to replenish the country’s inventory. The new-build Brimstone missiles will incorporate a number of key components offered by the spiral upgrades of Brimstone, including...
  • RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors'
    RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors' 14 March 2018
    The UK Ministry of Defence revealed on 13 March that the Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing to introduce Protector unmanned aerial vehicles into service, replacing MQ-9 Reapers it currently operates. The Ministry said the Protector Combined Test Team (CTT) is now coordinating the testing and evaluation of the Protector system. Also known as the Certifiable Predator B (CPB), the UAVs are equipped with multispectral targeting systems and AN/APY-8 Lynx IIe Block 20A synt...
  • Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract
    Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract 11 December 2017
    Qatar signed a deal with the United Kingdom to purchase 24 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Qatar's Defence Ministry announced that British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyyah met in the capital Doha. During the meeting, an agreement was signed between the two countries to establish a 'joint operation fleet'. In the statement, information on the value of the agreement and the delivery date of the aircraft were not ...
  • Brimstone Ready For Integration on Eurofighter
    Brimstone Ready For Integration on Eurofighter 3 October 2017
    A major milestone has been completed in Project Centurion configuration for the United Kingdom’s Eurofighter Typhoon. BAE Systems told Jane's on 28 September that the summer flight test campaign of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface missile had been successfully concluded three days previously, resulting in the low-yield missile now being safe for carriage on the Typhoon. Eurofighter Delivery Director Andy Flynn said that over the past 18 months they have done a n...
  • Typhoon More Offensive 31 July 2017
    Royal Air Force completed first trials of Eurofighter Typhoons which are modernised by BAE Systems. As a part of Centurion Project Phase 1, first batch of Typhoons improved with solutions which developed by Eurofighter Consortium and partner companies. Thus, they became to able launch Storm Shadow and Brimstone air to ground missiles. Aircrafts which have better avionics, are scheduled to enter service in early 2018.
  • Eurofighter Live-fired Brimstone
    Eurofighter Live-fired Brimstone 17 July 2017
    BAE Systems announced the first live-firing of MBDA’s Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon in its 14 July news release. The launch has been successfully completed as part of Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package which aims to significantly upgrade the capability of the aircraft. The trial was designed to test the separation of the low-collateral, high-precision Brimstone weapon when it is released. In total, nine firings will take place t...
  • New Member of M-346 Family, At Le Bourget
    New Member of M-346 Family, At Le Bourget 19 June 2017
    Leonardo is exhibiting the new fighter attack version of the M-346, the M-346FA, for the first time at International Paris Air Show, which opened its door to its visitors today. M-346FA took its place next to the two existing variants of the aircraft; the Advanced Jet Trainer and the multi-role M-346FT (Fighter Trainer). Leonardo equipped this new variant with the Grifo multi-mode fire control radar, designed and manufactured by the company it...
  • 'Centurion' Trials To Begin
    'Centurion' Trials To Begin 11 April 2017
    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) will begin operational evaluation trials of Project ‘Centurion’ in July, which will see the service's Eurofighter Typhoons upgraded to Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) and P3E packages. ‘Centurion’ involves the addition of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile, and the P3E Brimstone air-to-surface anti-armor missile. Testing of P3E is to begin around May ne...
  • Brimstone Test to 'Typhoon'
    Brimstone Test to 'Typhoon' 15 March 2017
    A series of flight trials as part of the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package for Eurofighter Typhoon has been successfully completed, according to BAE Systems. The tests included Aero Data Gathering (ADG) flights to test how the addition of the Brimstone weapon and other assets interacts with the aircraft’s flight control system software. The low-collateral, high precision MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface weapon will provide the Typhoons with the ability to high prec...
  • Sector News / Issue 40 24 July 2016
    Boeing’s Chinook Marathon Kazan Helicopter’s Helicopter to Fly over Serbia A400M Moves on Despite Engine Failure Nexter’s New 40mm Turret TDA Armaments Hits the Target with Aculeus-LG Thales’ Scorpion on Its Way to Korea MBDA Brimstone Passed Apache Trials FNSS Signs Anti-Tank Vehicle Project TAI Owns Two Firms in Germany ADİK Launched Second Ship Meteksan Delivered ANKA...
  • MBDA Demonstrates Brimstone Missile Live Firing from Apache Helicopter
    MBDA Demonstrates Brimstone Missile Live Firing from Apache Helicopter 17 July 2016
    MBDA and Boeing have successfully completed a series of physical trials and firings of Brimstone on the AH-64E attack helicopter to confirm the feasibility of integrating the missile with the United Kingdom’s future Apache AH-64E fleet. These trials validate a prior UK MOD study contract with MBDA and Boeing that confirmed integration was expected to be low risk. The programme was funded by a UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) contract, awarded to MBDA in September 2015. It included...
  • UK awarded a 600 million USD contract to MBDA 22 May 2016
    UK Ministry of Defence has awarded MBSA a $600 million contract to develop a new missile for the UK’s future F-35B supersonic stealth aircraft. Design and development work on Spear 3 over the next 4 years will tailor the weapon for use within the internal weapons bay of F-35B. Spear 3is being designed specifically for F-35B Lightning II operations launched from HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, the Royal Navy’s two £3 billion aircraft carriers and it is from the s...
  • Saab reveals Gripen E 18 May 2016
    Defence and security company, Saab, unveils the first test aircraft of the next generation, Gripen E. The unveiling of the first Gripen E test aircraft  takes place at at Saab’s facilities in Linköping. On stage, Major General Mats Helgesson - Swedish Air Force Chief of Staff; Tenente Brigadeiro-do-Ar, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato - Chief of Brazilian Air Force, Ulf Nilsson - head of Saab Aeronautics; Daniela Ivanic - systems engineer Saab Aeronautics and Matti Olsson - head...
  • RAF Approuves Brimstone's solution 17 May 2016
    Royal Air Force (RAF) has tested The Brimstone air-to-surface missile developed by MBDA to confirm the performance of the weapon’s latest technical enhancements. The operational evaluation trials involved 11 missile firings. During the tests, Brimstones were conducted against a variety of operational scenarios with precise hits on small, fast moving vehicles and static targets in complex positions. The trials demonstrated the significantly increased ability to engage targets at high off...