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Spear missile fired from Eurofighter Typhoon airplane

Defense

05:40 pm – Wednesday

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(WAPA) – A UK Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has successfully fired a SPEAR air-to-surface precision strike weapon for the first time in a flight trial conducted from BAE Systems’ site in Warton, Lancashire.
The MBDA SPEAR networked precision strike weapon was launched from Eurofighter Typhoon Production Aircraft BS116 earlier this year. The test flight was led by teams from MBDA and BAE Systems, with BAE Systems Chief Test Pilot Steve Formoso at the controls.
Following the launch, which took place at the UK Ministry of Defence’s Aberporth range, in Wales, the weapon transitioned to powered flight and completed a series of manoeuvres before reaching its pre-planned point of impact.
The Typhoon aircraft, which is subject to a continual programme of capability upgrades, has been designated as the test aircraft for trials and development of the weapon.
The SPEAR missile is being developed to meet the UK’s Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 (SPEAR Cap 3) requirement for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft, with the potential to equip Typhoon. SPEAR will precisely engage long range, mobile, fleeting and re-locatable targets in all weathers, day or night, in the presence of countermeasures, obscurants and camouflage, whilst ensuring a safe stand-off range between the aircrew and threat air defences.
The test firing from the Typhoon was the culmination of trials work undertaken by MBDA to prove the weapon is ready to move to the next stage of development work, which will now continue through to 2020. SPEAR is one of a number of smart weapons which may be integrated on to the Typhoon aircraft to meet future operational requirements, including anti-ship missiles such as Marte-ER.
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(World Aeronautical Press Agency – 2016-07-13 05:40 pm)

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MBDA SPEAR 3 missile

According to MBDA, recent conflicts have demonstrated the need for precision strike weapons that can operate night and day in all weather conditions against severe countermeasures and importantly attack moving and manoeuvering targets. Powered by a turbojet engine, SPEAR has the beyond horizon reach to ensure that the aircraft remains safely away from hostile air defence units.


SPEAR is equipped with the latest generation precision effects warhead, designed to meet the demands of the future combat mission. This next generation air launched Surface Attack Weapon reduces the numbers of different weapons within inventory while also extending the operator’s ability to engage mobile, fleeting and re-locatable targets far beyond the horizon.

Spear launcherSPEAR Capability 3 @Think Defence

Fitted with the latest generation multi sensor seeker designed to operate in all combat conditions and to be able to engage a wide range of target types both on land and sea. SPEAR is effective against:
• Naval vessels
• Air Defence Units
• Defended structures
• Ballistic Missile launchers
• Fast moving and manoeuvering vehicles
• Main Battle Tanks, Self-Propelled Guns, Armoured Personnel Carriers

SPEAR 3 is a powered weapon, while the American-made Small Diameter Bomb II only glides. SPEAR 3 has two small side intakes for its Hamilton Sundstrand TJ-150 turbojet, and the engine opens up a whole range of unique capabilities for a weapon so small.

TJ-150-TurbojetSPEAR Capability 3 Hamilton Sundstrand TJ-150 turbojet @Think Defence

This 80 kg mini-cruise missile can be launched even when not facing the target (differently from SDB) and with more freedom regardless of launch height and weather conditions that affect gliding. The weapon is to be able to engage fixed and mobile targets alike, with a data link enabling post-launch control and retargeting.

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The propulsion is also fundamental in order to achieve the range of at least 100 km that the British MOD wants. SDB is a 45 nautical miles glide weapon, while the UK MOD and MBDA believe they can achieve north of 62 nautical miles for SPEAR.

Comparing size of SPEAR 3

Source navyrecognition.com

Eurofighter Typhoon: Details

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FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW

Thales RDY-3 multi-mode radar

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The RDY-3 features all the advanced functions required on a multirole aircraft of the 21st century.

The Air-to-Air function with its advanced automatic mode management reduces pilot workload – search domain management, ranking and sorting of highest priority targets – and allows better tactical situation assessment and mission efficiency.

Multiple scanning patterns as well as angular domain and scanning speed are automatically managed by the radar

Advanced Combat modes with fast and automatic target acquisition and tracking adapted to hard target manœuvres at short range; high quality of target designation associated to simultaneous multi-tracking and multi-shoot capability.

The Air-to-Surface modes adapted to various missions: Navigation, Surveillance, Target, Acquisition, Very-Low Level penetration.

The reference in its category

• Lightweight and multifunction radar

• Modular design

• Adaptable to a wide range of combat aircraft

OPERATIONAL BENEFITS

Air-to-Air Function

  • Very long range, all aspect, look-up / look-down detection
  • Automatic waveform management and antenna scanning
  • Multi-target automatic lock-on and TWS
  • Simultaneous multi-target fire control
  • Single Target Track
  • Combat modes
  • IFF interrogator capabiliy

Air-to-Ground Function RDY-3 provides all the modes required for day and night, all-weather operations:

  • High Resolution Mapping spotlight SAR (picture)
  • Terrain Avoidance (Contour Mapping for Blind Penetration)
  • Moving Target Indication and Tracking
  • Air-to-Ground Ranging
  • Freeze / Silence

Air-to-Sea Function RDY-3 provides all the modes required for BVR attack of surface ships:

  • Long-range detection
  • Multi-Target TWS
  • Target RCS assessment
  • STT
  • ISAR (option)

Others • Easy Air-to-Surface modes transitions

RDY-3 KEY FEATURES

  • Modular design
  • Light weight: <120 kg
  • Low power consumption: 3.5 kVA
  • Different antenna sizes available
  • High average transmitted power: 400 W
  • Up-to-date signal processing technologies
  • COTS components for obsolescence protection
  • 1553 Bus
  • Advanced ECCM features
  • Very Low False Alarm Rate
  • Flexibility and growth potential
  • Efficient BITE and maintenance concept for reduced manpower and life cycle cost

RDY-3

Source thalesgroup.com