The first live firing of MBDA’s Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Typhoon fighter has been completed as part of ongoing development work to significantly upgrade the capability of the aircraft. The trial is part of work to integrate the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package for Typhoon aircraft, which will also deliver further sensor and mission system upgrades.
The P3E package forms part of Project Centurion. The UK’s IPA 6 Typhoon jet conducted the firing with support from the UK Ministry of Defence, MBDA, QinetiQ, Eurofighter, Airbus and Leonardo. It was designed to test the separation of the low-collateral, high-precision Brimstone weapon when it is released. In total, nine firings will take place to expand the launch and range capabilities.
The initial firing follows completion of a series of around 40 flight trials earlier this year, some of them conducted alongside pilots from the Royal Air Force’s 41(R) Squadron in a combined test team approach.