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.