Air-Launched Weapons

UK funds initial SPEAR Cap 3 integration for F-35B

29 March 2017

Key Points

  • The UK has funded initial de-risking of SPEAR Cap 3 integration on the F-35B Lightning II
  • SPEAR Cap 3 integration is planned as part of the Block 4 update

The United Kingdom has funded initial integration of the Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 on the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

Under a USD10.47 million contract awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics will complete a risk reduction and integration study phase running through to March 2020.

MBDA was in 2016 awarded a GBP411 million (USD511 million) contract to develop its Spear stand-off precision-guided weapon to meet the SPEAR Cap 3 requirement.

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