MBDA Gets $462M Contract to Update UK Air-to-Air Missile

MBDAMissileMBDA will develop a new variant of the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile for the U.K. military under an eight-year, $462.2 million contract.

The variant will feature an update of the current ASRAAM’s subsystems in efforts to drive down costs and support future modifications, the British defense ministry said Wednesday.

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Simon Bollom, chief of materiel for the U.K. defense ministry’s defense equipment and support organization, noted that the contract works to maintain the country’s short-range air-to-air capability and missile-aircraft compatibility.

The U.K. currently launches ASRAAM missiles from its Typhoon and Tornado GR4 aircraft.

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