European Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what assessment he has made of the merits of integrating MBDA Brimstone 2 air-to-ground precision weapon with the Typhoon aircraft to the UK's defence capabilities;

(2) what progress his Department has made on work to integrate the MBDA Brimstone 2 air-to-ground precision weapon with the Typhoon aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The MBDA Brimstone 2 will enhance the multi-role capability of the Typhoon aircraft as it is effective against challenging, high speed and manoeuvring targets over land and sea.

Work is under way to evaluate the integration of Brimstone 2 with the Typhoon aircraft. On 2 June 2014, BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth in the region of £5 million to undertake a risk reduction study in support of a planned Main Gate business decision in early 2015.

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