News story: Typhoon jets to get long range strike capability

Storm Shadow, which provides long-range air to surface capabilities, is 1 of the most advanced missiles of its kind. It is capable of defeating various targets including bridges, airfields, harbours and parked aircraft.

The missiles, produced by MBDA, have previously been deployed on Tornado GR4 aircraft during operations over Iraq and Libya. These will now be fitted onto Typhoon Tranche 2 and 3 aircraft ready to enter service with the RAF in 2018.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:


Storm Shadow has a deserved reputation for accuracy and reliability. The integration of Storm Shadow onto RAF Typhoons is another powerful sign of our commitment to the continued capability development of this world class aircraft.

The ability to prosecute stand off targeting while maintaining control of the airspace will provide Typhoon with unique battle winning capability.

The agreement, signed at the Farnborough International Air Show today, 17 July, was signed between the NATO Eurofighter Tornado Management Agency, on behalf of the partner nations, and Eurofighter GmbH.

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One is a (fairly) short range Antitank missile weighing about 50KG, the other is a long range missile for destroying Bunkers, Buildings and Infrastructure and weighs about a1000 KG
 
One is a (fairly) short range Antitank missile weighing about 50KG, the other is a long range missile for destroying Bunkers, Buildings and Infrastructure and weighs about a1000 KG
Actually, I was reading on defencenews that Brimstone is loaded as a three and has now achieved good success against small craft - small craft on seas with neutral craft surrounding the target and low collateral damage to other neutral craft - what confuses is that they are spending money on integrating it with... Tornado... no mention of Typhoon and on arrse, the talk is of retiring the Tornado fleet to save money.

Confused? I am. However, that is not difficult to achieve...
 
Perhaps started as an anti tank munition (a UK Hellfire + so to speak) would have been a better expression, As you say its being looked at for FASGHW or LASGHW or whatever the RN new missile programs are called.
 

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Why the drip feed in capability ?

Typhoon procurement and development is managed by NETMA ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_Eurofighter_and_Tornado_Management_Agency ), a multinational organisation, which decides, in accordance with the whims and fancies of the various national parties, which capabilities are prioritised, if all the partners want something, woohoo, no problem, if only one or two, well you're just gonna have to wait or stump up the money yourself. It's the main reason why the strike capabilities have been so long in coming.
 

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Actually, I was reading on defencenews that Brimstone is loaded as a three and has now achieved good success against small craft - small craft on seas with neutral craft surrounding the target and low collateral damage to other neutral craft - what confuses is that they are spending money on integrating it with... Tornado... no mention of Typhoon and on arrse, the talk is of retiring the Tornado fleet to save money.

Confused? I am. However, that is not difficult to achieve...

http://brimstonemissile.com/uk-begins-brimstone-2-typhoon-integration/

http://www.airforce-technology.com/...study-brimstone-2-typhoon-integration-4298343

Typhoon should be able to carry 18 of them, along with its AA loadout. That's a lot of pain to dish out.
 

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