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BAE Systems studies integration of Brimstone 2 missile onto Typhoon fighters

BAE Systems in Britain is studying the integration of MDA's Brimstone 2 missile with Typhoon fighters under a Ministry of Defense contract.
By Richard Tomkins   |   June 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM
LONDON, June 20 (UPI) -- Integration of Brimstone 2 air-to-ground missiles with Typhoon fighters is being studied by BAE Systems under a contract from Britain's Ministry of Defense.

Work under the initial $8.5 million award is already underway, BAE said in its announcement.

BAE Systems said the study focuses on the aerodynamic properties of carrying the missile through a series of wind tunnel tests and developing the pathway for integration of the MBDA weapon.

As an added benefit, the study will explore a common launcher approach for the missile, which could also be used for other multiple weapons.

"With a proven track record on RAF Tornados, the Brimstone 2 weapon offers uncompromising precision and a flexible capability that meets the emerging threats of modern warfare," said Mark Bowman, chief test pilot for BAE Systems. "The Typhoon pilot will be able to confidently engage a wide range of target types including fast moving vehicles.

"When integrated, Brimstone 2 will be another significant development step for Typhoon, enhancing the aircraft's credentials and relevancy going forward."

Brimstone 2 is a low-collateral damage, close air support weapon and has been used by Britain's Tornado aircraft in Afghanistan and Libya.

Britain plans to integrate the missile on Typhoons by 2018.

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