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MBDA readies Fire Shadow on back of programme successes


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PARIS (BNS): The successful demonstration trials of the Fire Shadow weapon system have paved way for a planned entry into service next year with the British Army, MBDA said.

Fire Shadow provides a precision capability to engage high value targets in complex scenarios.

The first test firing, using a complete weapon system, was carried out on 21st November 2010 at Vidsel, Sweden to demonstrate system integration, launch, stable flight, waypoint navigation and data-link function which supports the maturation of the munition and its control.

The munition flew for several tens of kilometres and its trajectory included a number of manoeuvres, such as a loitering pattern. All objectives were satisfied and the trial was witnessed by UK customer representatives, according to a company release.

The second firing at the same location took place on 13th May 2011. A more complex trial scenario was conducted where the Man-In-The-Loop functionality was fully exercised. The operator was able to select and successfully engage a representative target.

Steve Wadey, Executive Group Director Technical and MBDA UK Managing Director said, "Fire Shadow fills a gap in the capabilities needed by the Armed Forces as ongoing operations show every day. From the outset the Fire Shadow programme has been leading by example with its rapid development approach.

The incredible rate of technical achievement and progress means that this unrivalled capability will be ready for delivery to the UK early next year. The system’s potential is such that it lends itself to new roles and has been designed to adapt and evolve to ensure that weapon provides an operational edge now and for the future."

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