BAE to improve weaponry on MoD aircraft

Defence and security company BAE Systems has been awarded an £8.6m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to integrate improved weaponry onto the Tornado GR4 fleet of all-weather attack aircraft.

Introduction of the Insensitive Munition (IM) variant of the Dual Mode Brimstone guided missile will provide the UK’s Royal Air Force with a low collateral, precision attack capability against manoeuvring and fixed targets, and forms part of a wider weaponry package known as SPEAR (Selective Precision Effects At Range).

A series of flight trials, which will commence in 2011, will be carried out at BAE’s Warton site to provide the necessary evidence to clear the Tornado GR4s to carry and deploy this weapon.