Research and Development

Research and Development

Research & Development

MBDA’s robust research and development program and industry-leading innovation produces the technical superiority needed to defeat tomorrow’s threats.

Meteor Air-to-Air Missile

Meteor is revolutionizing air-to-air combat.  The next generation Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), achieves air dominance from its unique “Ramjet” rocket motor, which powers the missile through target intercept, providing a significantly larger No-Escape Zone than any existing missile.  Meteor is guided by an advanced active radar seeker that provides all-weather capability to engage targets ranging from fighter jets to UAVs and cruise missiles.

Dual Mode Brimstone

MBDA developed the unique Dual Mode Brimstone (DMB) seeker to meet a UK Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) for a surgical strike, low collateral damage missile that can operate under the most restrictive rules of engagement. In hundreds of combat firings by the UK in Libya and Afghanistan, DMB proved its unmatched “one-shot/one-kill” capability and earned admiration from the highest levels of the UK government, including the 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and the 2014 Institute of Physics Innovation Award.

Concept Visions

Concept Visions is an annual initiative to unlock the latent creativity and innovative spirit within MBDA and redefine the future of weapons systems over the next 20 years. With each Concept Visions, MBDA seeks to create a credible vision of the future that inspires a fresh and innovative look at the future of military capability.

Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) & Sea Ceptor

CAMM is the next generation air defense missile that defends ground, air, and naval forces from current and future air targets. As part of the Sea Ceptor weapon system, CAMM provides a 360-degree air defense capability for naval forces and is guided by the ship’s existing surveillance radar, providing a cost-effective ship self-defense system. The land-based system will provide forces with an easily transportable and rapidly deployable local air defense capability.

Laser Weapons

MBDA Germany is advancing high powered lasers in developing an integrated systems approach for laser weapons, achieved with significant internal investment. MBDA’s successes in technology and operational architecture development have led to the design of an autonomous C-RAM-capable laser effector with over 100 kW of power that can be connected to existing command and weapon control systems.

Diamondback® Wing Kit

The US-produced Diamond Back is a low-cost, high-performance range expansion wing assembly that triples the stand-off range of air-launched weapons. Combat-proven in Iraq and Afghanistan with the American Small Diameter Bomb, the Diamond Back wing assembly  features a unique, jointed tandem wing design that provides stand-off and cross-track maneuverability for a significantly expanded footprint. MBDA delivered the 10,000th Diamond Back assembly in 2011 for Small Diameter Bomb 1.

Brimstone 2 with Insensitive Munitions

The Brimstone 2 missile, which entered into production in July 2014, is the latest version of the combat-proven Dual Mode Brimstone Missile, which combines the surgical strike capability of the dual-mode seeker with new Insensitive Munitions (IM) rocket motor and warhead.  IM components ensure that the missile will not react when exposed to severe external stimuli.