MBDA has contracted Harris Corporation (Stand N5-120) to provide the pneumatic carriage and release system for its new Spear air-to-surface missile.
Harris was contracted for the Spear work in the first quarter of FY18 and announced the award during DSEI. The contract award follows the completion of a concept assessment phase, and provides an option for the upcoming demonstration phase contract.
Spear is due to be integrated onto the UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, and Harris will provide four internal bay-compatible Scorpion lightweight ejection rack units (ERU) for each of the fighters’ weapon bays. Harris’ ERUs have a high degree of weapon departure control, it says, and will be manufactured in Brighton, UK.
Spear will replace MBDA’s Brimstone 2, and will also be rolled out to the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon. It proved the ability to do so when it was launched from the aircraft during trials in 2016.
Harris said the contracted work will also facilitate integration of the weapon onto UAVs in the future.