UK Ministry of Defence awards funding for weapon research

Posted on 1 Jun 2015 by The Manufacturer

£1.7 million of funding has been provided to research a common weapon launcher for the Typhoon that could carry multiple weapons and weapon types on one aircraft attachment point.

The project will bring together expertise from BAE Systems as the weapons integration lead for Typhoon and the weapons manufacturers MBDA and Raytheon UK.

Andy Eddleston, Typhoon Product Development and Future Capability Director at BAE Systems, commented: “Developing a common weapon launcher solution could significantly enhance Typhoon’s ability to deliver increased weapons persistence and effects. Each launcher could be capable of carrying up to three weapons, providing a great deal of flexibility and persistence for the operator.”

The common weapon launcher, if the research is successful and the programme taken forward, could offer a flexible and cost effective solution for customers. The launcher could potentially carry weapons such as the Dual Mode Brimstone 2 Missile and the Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb.

The Typhoon is well known among the leading combat aircrafts and its recent enhancements in capability include the integration of the Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb and contracts to integrate the Captor E-Scan radar and the Dual Mode Brimstone Missile.