The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has signed a contract worth over £400 million with MBDA for the weapon development Phase of the SPEAR (Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability) air-to-surface, precision strike missile. The contract will run through to completion during 2020.

The missile is being developed to meet the United Kingdom’s SPEAR Capability 3 (SPEAR 3) requirement for the United Kingdom’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft, with the option to equip the Typhoon aircraft. SPEAR will precisely engage long range, mobile, fleeting and re-locatable targets in all weathers, day or night, in the presence of countermeasures, obscurants and camouflage, whilst ensuring a safe stand-off range between the aircrew and threat air defences.

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