BAE Systems has completed the first live firing of an MBDA Dual Mode Seeker (DMS) Brimstone from a Eurofighter Typhoon. The firing is am important step towards the realization of Project Centurion, which will integrate new weapons onto the jet to enable the retirement of the Tornado GR4 in Royal Air Force service in 2019.
The first Brimstone firing took place at the Aberporth Range, Wales, during a mission flown from BAE’s Warton site on July 13. The company’s chief test pilot Steve Formoso fired the anti-armour weapon at a sea target. The initial firing followed some 40 flights of captive carry trials alongside the RAF’s No 41(Reserve) Test and Evaluation Squadron in a Combined Test Team approach.
The successful trial follows completion earlier this year of the flight trials programme for the MBDA Storm Shadow deep strike air-to-surface weapon and the MBDA Meteor ‘beyond visual range’ air-to-air missile. Operational testing and evaluation of those capabilities is currently ongoing with the Royal Air Force ahead of entry into service in 2018.