MBDA has awarded BAE Systems a £6.4 million (€7.1 million) contract to design and manufacture receiver assemblies for the BRIMSTONE 3 missile to be fielded by the RAF, the company announced on 9 November.

BAE Systems is one of the few British companies possessing the competence – and facilities – to produce such highly complex microwave modules. The 450-strong manufacturing and engineering support team in Portsmouth and Dunfermline that will deliver this contract is involved in the production, assembly and testing of complex microwave modules for a wide range of applications, all of which are manufactured within specially-controlled manufacturing environments.

Dr Brooke Hoskins, Director of Products and Training Services for BAE Systems Maritime Services, commented: “Being awarded this contract is testament to the expertise of our end-to-end microwave electronic capability and high-volume automated assembly facility. Our continued support to the programme builds on our previous efforts in the integration of the BRIMSTONE air-to-surface weapon for the Royal Air Force TYPHOON squadrons. The team is proven in delivering high-quality, affordable products, including radar decoy systems for warships, air-launched anti-armour missiles and, more recently, the next generation of radar for the RAF Eurofighter TYPHOONs.”

The UK-designed BRIMSTONE is a high-precision strike missile with an advanced dual-mode millimetre wave/semi-active laser seeker that has proven itself repeatedly in recent combat operations. This subcontract forms part of the Capability Sustainment Programme for BRIMSTONE, which was awarded to MBDA in 2018.

An RAF TYPHOON showing a full BRIMSTONE load-out. (Photo: MBDA UK)

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