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The UK MoD has awarded MBDAa £184 million production contract for the supply of the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), to equip the UK’s F-35 LIGHTNING II aircraft. ASRAAM will be the first British designed missile to enter service on the F-35.

MBDA is currently under contract for an ASRAAM capability sustainment programme for the Eurofighter

TYPHOON and this new order to equip Lockheed Martin’s F-35 will see the production of additional missiles.

ASRAAM is in service with the RAF on the TORNADO and TYPHOON and, in time, the F-35B serving both the Fleet Air Arm and the RAF. Overseas users include the Royal Australian Air Force on the F/A-18 HORNET and it is on order for the Indian Air Force’s JAGUARs.

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MBDA’s ASRAAM will be carried on the external pylons of the F-35B whilst design and space provision is preserved for internal integration fit within the internal weapons bay and thus remains an option for the future. The missile has both lock-on-before launch and a lock-on-after launch mode to carry out engagements on targets that are outside the missile’s field of view at launch. (Photo: MBDA)

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