European missile manufacturer MBDA has started production of Brimstone 2 air-to-surface missile at its manufacturing facilities in Lostock and Henlow, England.
The milestone follows the successful qualification of the Brimstone 2 insensitive munition (IM) rocket motor and IM warhead, which are currently in series production.
The company took delivery of the first production batch of rocket motors from Roxel and the warheads from TDW, in June.
An upgraded version of MBDA’s Brimstone air-launched ground attack missile, Brimstone 2 features the latest millimetre wave radar (mmW) and semi active laser dual mode seeker capability.
According to MBDA, the next-generation missile has a new and stronger airframe for increased air carriage robustness.
Scheduled to enter service with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) on Panavia Tornado GR4 fighter aircraft, the missile offers operational flexibility by enhancing guidance capabilities against challenging targets, the company said.
During recent trials, the missile has engaged and destroyed fast-moving targets travelling at speeds of up to 70mph.
In June, MBDA received a contract from BAE Systems to support the evaluation of Brimstone 2 missile integration with Typhoon.
Earlier that month, BAE was awarded a £5m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver an effective route for RAF to equipp the Typhoons with the missile by 2018.
Image: Bristone 2 missile is scheduled to enter service with the UK Royal Air Force on Panavia Tornado GR4 fighter aircraft. Photo: © MBDA UK Ltd 2014.