View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. MarketData
October 8, 2014

RAF awards advanced short-range air-to-air missile support contract to MBDA

MBDA has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to support the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM).

ASRAAM

MBDA has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to support the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM).

Under the terms of the £40m contract, the company will provide support infrastructure and maintenance for the weapon over the next five years.

UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Philip Dunne said: "ASRAAM continues to provide the RAF with crucial battle-winning capability for within-visual-range combat missions.

"This contract is more positive news for MBDA and the UK’s complex weapons sector.

"It will sustain a number of highly skilled jobs and is another example of the Ministry of Defence’s continuing commitment to British technology."

The contract is expected to maintain multiple positions at the company’s facilities in Hertfordshire, Greater Manchester and Bedfordshire, UK.

"Under the terms of the £40m contract, the company will provide support infrastructure and maintenance for the weapon over the next five years."

Manufactured by MBDA UK, the AIM-132 ASRAAM is a high-speed, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile designed to counter intermittent target obscuration in cloud.

Armed with a Raytheon-Hughes infrared seeker, the missile is a rival to the US-built AIM-9X Sidewinder, and is intended for use in the within-visual-range and beyond-visual-range arenas.

Having entered service with the RAF in 1998, the missile is also mounted aboard the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornets, and is also being integrated on the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft.


Image: An advanced short-range air-to-air missile mounted beneath the wing of a UK RAF aircraft. Photo: courtesy of RAF / MOD Crown Copyright 2014.

Defence Technology

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU