MBDA and Boeing have completed a series of physical trials and firings of Brimstone precision strike weapon on the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter to confirm the feasibility of integrating the missile with the United Kingdom’s future AH-64E Apache fleet. These trials validate a prior United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense OD study contract with MBDA and Boeing that confirmed integration was expected to be low risk.
The programme was funded by a contract, awarded to MBDA in September 2015. It included a range of environmental and sensor compatibility trials, as well as functional and avionic trials to demonstrate new platform software and functionality implemented into the platform and cockpit by Boeing. Boeing performed the platform and cockpit software modifications and managed the trials programme at Mesa and Yuma, Arizona, using a leased United States Government AH-64E Apache helicopter in nine months. All this activity culminated in a number of guided firings.
The data collected from these missile firings will be used to enable future optimisation of Brimstone for the helicopter capability.