The Brimstone precision strike missile of European missile house MBDA is being planned as the United Kingdom’s guided missile solution for the Royal Air Force’s Protector unmanned air system programme. If confirmed, the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Predator B unmanned aircraft will enter service with the air-launched weapon.
The integration plan is included as part of the British Ministry of Defence’s main gate selection of the aircraft and, if agreed, the missile will be integrated and fielded in line with the platform’s introduction to service.
MBDA announced it will now work together with the British Ministry of Defence, United States Department of Defense and GA-ASI towards a programme which would see the missile undergo integration onto the air system with trials and firings towards the end of the decade. The missile has already completed a series of trial firings on MQ-9 Reaper during early 2014 that saw the weapon engaging 70 mph and manoeuvring targets.