Matra BAe Dynamics and Thomson Thorn Missile Electronics has produced feasibility studies into future army and RAF short and very-short-range air defence systems.
The weapons are potential replacements for the Rapier and Starstreak missiles in RAF and Army service.
These are projects intended to equip the services in 2015-2020. ‘We’re looking at our options a long way down the line,’ the Ministry of Defence said. The in-service date ‘will be determined in due course.’