The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that the new Brimstone 2 missile has entered into service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 aircraft.
The MBDA-built Brimstone 2 longer range missile, with an improved version of the dual mode semi-active laser / millimetric wave seeker and an autopilot, can engage a wide range of stationary and moving threats launched from bunkers and fast-travelling armoured vehicles.
It has the same heavyweight attack as its predecessor but can be launched from approximately twice as far away, the MoD said in a statement.
MoD Defence Equipment and Support organisation CEO Tony Douglas said: “The increased reach and advanced technology of Brimstone 2 will support our Armed Forces in their future operations to protect the UK’s security and national interests.
“This battle-winning weapon is being delivered to the RAF thanks to the close and effective relationships which exist between the MOD and UK industry.”
The project supports nearly 250 jobs at MBDA's sites in Bristol and Stevenage.
An RAF Tornado aircraft is already using a dual mode seeker Brimstone in the fight against ISIS in Syria and northern Iraq.
UK Defence Procurement Minister said: “Brimstone has proven to be a key weapon in coalition operations against Daesh and these improvements, made possible through sustained Government support, build on that success.
“The MoD’s £170m investment in Brimstone 2 will increase the effectiveness of UK air power and provide a significant boost to the national economy, sustaining around 250 jobs across the South West and South East.”
The Brimstone 2 is expected to enter service on RAF Typhoon aircraft from 2018.
Image: RAF's Tornado GR4. Photo: courtesy of MBDA.