UK to arm RAF's Protector drone with MBDA's Brimstone missile


MBDA has announced that the UK is planning to equip its Protector remotely piloted air (RPA) system with the company's Brimstone precision strike missile.

If confirmed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) armed with the British weapon will enter service with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).

MBDA UK sales & business development director James Allibone said: “Brimstone offers customers the ability to have one missile that can operate across their fleet of operational aircraft, whether they are jets, RPAs or helicopters.

“One missile for all platforms means customers benefit from simplified and more efficient training, logistics and inventory management, as well as Brimstone’s outstanding precision against the most challenging of targets.”

The missile has been designed to strike fast moving, manoeuvring targets with both man in the loop post launch guidance and also autonomous post launch.

This multiplatform weapon can also be integrated with AH-64E and Typhoon in order to meet changing customer needs and adapting to new threats.

"One missile for all platforms means customers benefit from simplified and more efficient training, logistics and inventory management."

The MoD has recently signed a £100m deal with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for the development of the Certifiable Predator B to replace the current fleet of MQ-9 Reaper UAVs.

MBDA will work alongside the UK MoD, the US Department of Defense and GA-ASI for integration trials and test firings of the missile.

The company said that the missile has already successfully completed a series of trial firings on MQ-9 Reaper in 2014.


Image: The Protector remotely piloted air (RPA) system. Photo: courtesy of MBDA.