Skip to comments.U.S. Navy is evaluating MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone for its F/A-18 Super Hornet jets
Posted on 07/18/2014 12:02:31 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Navy Recognition has learned that the U.S. Navy is beginning environmental and integration analysis of the UKs combat proven Dual Mode Brimstone missile for F/A-18 Super Hornets. This activity is funded and being managed by the US Navy. Additionally, two recent positive reports from committees of the U.S Congress have expanded the funding in Fiscal Year 2015 by $10M for Dual Mode Brimstone on F/A-18s and asked for the Secretary of Defenses views on dual mode missile technology. This news is matched by the UK MOD funding BAE Systems 5M British Pounds to begin an integration analysis of Dual Mode Brimstone on the Eurofighter Typhoon.
A legacy U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet undergoing a fit-check with MMW-seeker Brimstone missiles in 2005 (US Navy Photo).
According to a May 2014 report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives: "The committee continues to recommend that the Department of Defense pursue an all-weahter, moving target-capable tactical missile that could be integrated on different military platforms. [...] The Committee is particularly interested in capabilities to counter high-speed, erratically maneuvering targets on land and at sea, as well as understanding how dual mode missiles could be used in counterterrorism (CT) operations. The Subcommittee notes the use of dual mode missiles, to include allied missile programs, could potentially close existing operational gaps, reduce the risk of collateral damage, and may result in cost savings relative to current tactics, techniques, and procedures used as part of current direct action CT operation."
CGI of an F/A-18E Super Hornet fitted with 12x Dual Mode Brimstone missiles
"The Subcommittee is aware of the recent integration and successful testing of a fully operational dual mode missile off an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle system for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. The Committee notes the Royal Air Force has used this dual mode missile extensively in overseas contingency operations and has reported positive feedback. Further, the Subcommittee is also aware that the Secretary of the Navy is funding an initial analysis of dual mode missile integration on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and that initial feedback has been positive."
Contacted by Navy Recognition, the U.S. Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) made the following comment: PMA-265 has reviewed the news release and does not have any input at this time. NAVAIR continually works with the fleet and the resource sponsors to prioritize, develop, integrate, test and field improvements for the F/A-18 family of aircraft. The F/A-18 program office will remain flexible based on the priorities set forth by the Presidents Budget.
In addition, MBDA just announced during Farnbourgh Air Show it has successfully demonstrated its Dual Mode BRIMSTONE missile against fast moving and manoeuvring Fast Inshore Attack Craft even in a cluttered environment with multiple neutral vessels in very close proximity.
Conducted in March and April 2014 at the QinetiQ managed Aberporth range in west Wales, UK, an RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft fired two Dual Mode BRIMSTONE missiles (one telemetry and one operational), each fitted with MBDAs latest Anti-FIAC software upgrades, at remotely controlled, 40ft ASV C13 Fast Inshore Attack Craft targets powered by twin 350hp engines.
The telemetry missile achieved a direct hit on the FIACs engines with the target operating at its maximum achievable speed in low sea state 4 conditions. The operational missile achieved a direct hit at the rear of the second FIACs cabin, destroying and sinking the target which was operating at maximum achievable speeds in sea state 3 conditions. Missile impact occurred whilst the target was within very close proximity to three neutral vessels. The target was destroyed and sunk with the single shot and with no collateral damage to the neutral vessels.
These tests confirmed Dual Mode BRIMSTONEs first pass precision and lethality against challenging targets in stressing environments. The dual mode Semi-Active Laser and active MMW (millimetric wave) radar seeker works in tandem to provide a unique ability to selectively engage a specific target irrespective of target speed or manoeuvre even when in cluttered, congested and high collateral risk environments.
The USAF and USMC needs to dump the F-35 and go with Super Hornets. At least they work.
Which, of course, will screw all the people we suckered into buying into the F-35 program. I guess we need to provide F/A-18s to them as well. Though I don’t know what the UK will do with their V/STOL carriers.
That ship has already sailed. The 35s are already being integrated at Cherry Point.
Well, I feel sorry for its adopters:
Gradual modifications to the F-16, F-15 and F-18 to improve maneuverability and stealthiness would have made them better than the F-35 for a fraction of the cost.
Another UK missile we adopted..Hellfire.
wasn’t Obama trying to cancel the Hellfire?
You are aware that critics said much the same thing about the Hornet, right? It wasn’t as good a fighter as the Tomcat, wasn’t as good a strike platform as the Intruder or even the A-7 Corsair. Used to call them Lawn Darts. I suspect the F-35 will turn out to be a great Strike-Fighter. It’ll just cost us a zillion bucks (more).
So now we have hellfire and brimstone missiles in the inventory?
I think you’re correct. A10 Warthog...again.
I hope you are correct.
All things considered, modern aircraft are so elaborate, it is amazing that get designed and built at all!
talk about ancient
Well, I am that old. They were contemporary platforms in my 22 year Navy career. :-)
Please explain. Hellfire was US developed.
didn’t they still use A-6’s as electronic warfare planes recently?
some still in service according to Wiki
The Connie is gone, VFA125 disbanded, and now I feel my age, and many of the old birds are still flying! Don't think Shifty made admiral, Wheels up Wesh beached the Enterprise, Spiker was down in Iraq, and everyone wanted to transfer to Canoe Bay.
What is a “Dual Mode” missile ?
Both IR and laser guided (IR/SAL) and or datalink targeting as well with some weapons.
IR = Infrared - heat seeking (LOS) line of sight with weapons directed seeker head and or auto lock caged or uncaged, or laser lock from a target designator and or FLIR pod or FAC blazing.