UK: MBDA Awarded 748 M$ for Spear 3 cruise missile

The British government on Wednesday announced a $748.3 million contract for missile systems to be installed on fighter planes including the U.S.-made F-35B. The seven-year contract with European defense contractor MBDA calls for building of SPEAR3 missiles, a six-feet-long miniature cruise missile powered by a turbojet engine. It will be the “main medium-to-long-range strike weapon of the U.K. F-35 combat aircraft, enabling them to defeat challenging targets such as mobile long-range air defense systems at over-the-horizon ranges in all weathers and in highly contested environments,” an MBDA statement on Wednesday said. The missile will be the plane’s primary air-to-ground weapon in the coming decade, the British Ministry of Defense noted in a statement.

Source: UPI

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