On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the British Defense Secretary confirmed the information regarding an order for SPEAR3 missiles (Microfinance Selectable Range in Range) from the UK. The contract concerns MBDA with European arms It is valued at approximately £ 550 million.
Next-generation missiles should be the primary “air-to-ground” armament for British fighters on board At least over the next decade.
The development of a next-generation missile will enable us to protect our personnel and resources on the ground from aircraft that are thousands of meters high. Our commitment to purchasing this weapons system will create hundreds of highly qualified jobs across Great Britain and show British expertise in building weapons on the international stage – said the UK Defense Secretary, citing Defense24.
According to experts, a seven-year contract with MBDA will allow To create 700 jobs in the UK, including 190 for highly skilled workers In the following areas: systems design, navigation guidance and control, and software engineering.
The SPEAR3 multi-sensor warhead is 1.8 meters long, powered by a jet engine, and travels at subsonic speeds of about 140 kilometers. Missiles are capable of facing stationary and moving ground targets, both sea and land, from a safe distance for the aircraft and the pilot.
The huge British system confirms their serious plans to strengthen the country’s defense. Currently equipped with two aircraft carriers There are 21 F-35B fighters, The last three of them were delivered in November of last year. It should be noted that the new generation of missiles will be intended not only for the F-35B, but also for the Typhoon multi-role fighters.
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