With an annual turnover exceeding € 2 billion (US$ 2.2 billion), a forward order book of € 14 billion (US$ 15.2 billion) and over 70 customers world wide, MBDA is a world leading, global missile systems company.
MBDA’s Advanced Short Range Air-toAir Missile (ASRAAM), Storm Shadow and Brimstone are all threshold weapons for JSF. ASRAAM is scheduled for Block 3 integration (SDD) while Brimstone and Storm Shadow are post SDD.
Consequently, MBDA is currently supporting, under contract from Lockheed Martin via BAE Systems, the integration and clearance of ASRAAM and the provision of Storm Shadow and Brimstone on JSF within the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract. Future weapons such as Meteor are being considered for the F-35 platform in due course.
MBDA’s objective is to support the JSF Team in producing the best integration solution for these 3 weapons in terms of carriage, release, system integration, weapon operations and performance. MBDA working with the JSF Team will aim not only to produce the best solution but also implement these in a cost effective and timely manner.
Historically, MBDA has vast experience of the development and integration of air launched weapon systems onto both European and US aircraft. ASRAAM, for example has been integrated with the Tornado, Eurofighter, F-16 and F-18 aircraft. MBDA’s experience reflects the use of both advanced modelling techniques, wind tunnel testing and trials to streamline and reduce the costs of weapons integration programmes.