The F-35 is a fully network-enabled, 5th generation multi-role fighter offering a combination of advanced stealth, sensor fusion, and data-links. To maximize the aircraft’s potential in the air-to-air and air-to-surface operations requires advanced missiles that are in tune with the F-35’s performance. MBDA is rising to the challenge with ASRAAM, Meteor, and SPEAR. These weapons offer selectable precision, extended range, and network-centric effects optimized for the F-35 and the future battlespace.
MBDA has commenced delivery of our Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM) Air Dominance Missile for the integration onto the United Kingdom’s F-35 B.
MBDA delivered the first ASRAAM missile to the United States Navy in January in cooperation with BAE Systems, the UK’s F-35 weapons system integration lead. ASRAAM is the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile and is already in service with the UK Royal Air Force on the Tornado and Typhoon, the Royal Australian Air Force on the F/A-18 Hornet and on order for the Indian Air Force’s Jaguars. The missile flies at over Mach 3 and its sleek, agile airframe, powerful motor, sophisticated seeker and software are designed to defeat current and future countermeasures.
MBDA’s ASRAAM will be the first UK missile to arm the F-35B, and its integration within the F-35’s System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase will provide UK Royal Air Force and Royal Navy F-35 with a proven capability to defeat air-to-air targets. ASRAAM is currently in service with the Royal Air Force as its Within Visual Range (WVR) Dominance weapon. The weapon is also in operational service with the Royal Australian Air Force on its F/A-18 Hornet.
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