U.K. Advances Air-Launched Weapons Initiative

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 16, 2013

A project to arm the U.K.'s Joint Strike Fighter force with a new, indigenous, small-diameter, precision-guided munition is advancing and could also form the basis for a surface-launched weapon for naval vessels and land operations.

The Selective Precision Effects At Range (Spear) program aims to provide a range of new, cost-effective accurate weapons for the U.K.'s Lightning IIs and Typhoons. Raytheon's Paveway IV, fitted with a series of upgrades, fits the bill as Spear Capability 1, while the Capability 2 will entail adding an improved version of the MBDA Dual-Mode Brimstone (DMB) missile, which has been used to dramatic effect in Afghanistan and Libya.

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