Due to the high cost that often follows the development of new weapons systems, DARPA is “fundamentally rethinking” how military systems have been historically procured. As Arati Prabhaker, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, recently stated;
“We’ve had a long history … of using our deep pockets as a competitive advantage on the battlefield and it has been a very effective strategy … Now it’s starting to shoot us in the foot.”
The Pentagon is looking for new ways to make weapons systems more flexible and cost-effective. Thanks to over $1B in investments already made and others on-going by the United Kingdoms, the Pentagon can realize significant cost savings by integrating the Dual Mode Brimstone missile onto multiple platforms including the MQ-9 Reaper or F/A-18 Super Hornet, ensuring that U.S. military warfighters are equipped with the world’s best, combat-proven technology.
As the high-resolution still images below demonstrate, MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone was specially developed for targeting high speed and erratic targets in both urban, rural and maritime environments.