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US State Department Approves Sale of AMRAAM to UK, Denmark

On July 10, two Defense Security Cooperation Agency news releases announced U.S. State Department approval for AMRAAM sales to the United Kingdom and Denmark, stating, “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Denmark of twenty-eight (28) AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost...

MBDA Conducts Second Sea Venom Development Test

On April 18, MBDA successfully conducted its second development test fire of its Sea Venom/ANL missile. The missile was tested from a Panther test helicopter at Ile Du Levant in southeast France. The Sea Venom/ANL is a joint venture by French and British navies designed for use against smaller, lighter ships such as fast attack vessels and corvettes....

UK Tests Land Ceptor Defense System

On May 28, the United Kingdom successfully tested MBDA’s Land Ceptor surface-to-air missile defense system (SAM) from a mobile launcher against targets in Sweden. According to the British Government, “The trial, which followed previous munitions tests, was the first time Land Ceptor had been test-fired as a whole system, including the cutting-edge SAAB Giraffe radar.”...

US, UK, France Launch Joint Missile Strike on Syria

On April 13, the United States, United Kingdom, and France launched a joint strike of 105 missiles on Syrian chemical weapons storage and research facilities. The operation came in response to an alleged poison gas attack by the Syrian government on the rebel-held area of Douma. The joint strike, which lasted two minutes, took nearly...

May Pledges £600 Million Boost for Nuclear Submarines

On March 28, U.K. prime minister Theresa May announced a £600 million ($843.4 million) increase in the Ministry of Defence’s budget for 2018-2019 to fund Britain’s next generation of nuclear submarines. The United Kingdom’s Dreadnought submarine program carries Trident submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), which serve as its sole nuclear deterrent. “Today’s announcement will ensure that...

UK-MBDA Deal Enhances Brimstone Missile Capability, Flexibility

On March 27, the European defense firm MBDA announced it had secured a $568 million capability sustainment program with the United Kingdom government for its Brimstone 2 air-to-surface missile. The deal will have MBDA extend the service life of the country’s Brimstone missiles; enhance the current inventory with new software and other updates; and develop,...

British Royal Navy Completes New Sea Ceptor Trials

The British Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday that the Royal Navy has successfully completed the first firing trials of the new Sea Ceptor missile defense system, enabling it to progress to the next stage of acceptance into navy service. The Sea Ceptor missiles were launched on Scotland’s Hebrides Rocket Range from the Type 23...

Formidable Shield Focuses on IAMD, Intercepts Subsonic Targets

On October 6, vessels from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom participating in the inaugural Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17) exercise tested the ships’ ballistic and cruise missile defense capabilities. Designed to improve NATO allied interoperability in an integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) environment, FS17 tested participants’...

France Successfully Tests New Sea Venom Missile

In a statement on July 4, the French defense minister announced the first successful test firing of a new helicopter-launched antiship cruise missile. During a test on June 21, 2017, the 20 km range Sea Venom/ANL (anti-navire léger ) was “pushed to the very edge of its range capability,” according to the missile manufacturer’s program...