The Brimstone air-to-surface precision missile has undergone flight trials on Eurofighter Typhoon at RAF Wharton.
The trials come as part of the Phase 3 Enhancements package to upgrade Typhoon’s defence capability and are an important step forward to integrate Brimstone onto the aircraft to transition from the Tornado to full Typhoon service in 2018 under project CENTURION.
The flight trials, carried out on the Instrumented Production 6 (IPA6) aircraft, will be followed by firing tests later in the year to test the effectiveness of the weapon in operational scenarios.
Steve Formoso, Chief Test Pilot for BAE Systems Military Air & Information business, said: “This series of flight trials has 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 results have been excellent, with the pilot maintaining manoeuvrability whilst carrying a heavy weapons load.”
Following on from the Phase 2 Enhancements that will see the beyond visual range Meteor and deep strike Storm Shadow missiles integrated onto Typhoon, Brimstone will provide vital low collateral, high-precision capability for Typhoon.
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