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MBDA test fires Brimstone 3

21 March 2019
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MBDA conducted the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision missile system at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed. Source: MBDA

European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed.

Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. MBDA said all trial objectives were fully achieved, with the missile proving – through a telemetry unit – full closed-loop guidance with the seeker progressing into target acquisition and track.

Brimstone 3 is a spirally developed evolution of the 50 kg-class Brimstone 2 precision-guided air-to-surface missile. It retains several major components from the legacy Brimstone 2, including the 180 mm diameter modular airframe, the MBDA-developed enhanced dual-mode (94 Ghz millimetric wave radar/semi-active laser) seeker, the insensitive munition (IM)-compliant Vulcan cast double-base-propellant rocket motor, and the IM-compliant multi-effects tandem shaped-charge warhead.

Specific Brimstone 3 enhancements include a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS)-based tactical inertial measurement unit (IMU) and an upgraded autopilot for improved precision at range. The evolution also includes a significant memory and processing update to future-proof the missile for additional functionalities.

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