RIDGECREST, Calif., May 10 (UPI) -- MBDA's enhanced Brimstone air-to-surface missile successfully completed U.K. Royal Air Force trials in February.
The trials, undertaken at China Lake in California, comprised 11 missile firings, including at the edge of the system's performance envelope, according to a company release.
Trials involved a variety of scenarios and resulted in precise hits on everything from very small, fast-moving vehicles to static targets.
Single and salvo firings, as well as laser, millimetric radar and dual-mode guided modes were utilized. The firings also showcased the new Insensitive Munition warhead against armored and non-armored targets.
The RAF's Eurofighter Typhoon will be the first jet to receive the new Brimstone in 2018. Separate tests are being conducted to gauge Brimstone's use on the U.K.'s Future Attack Helicopter and Protector remote-piloted aircraft systems.