Typhoon fires Storm Shadow

A Eurofighter Typhoon last week successfully completed a release of the conventionally armed, stealthy, long-range stand-off precision MBDA Storm Shadow missile, Eurofighter announced on Monday 9 November, coinciding with the first trade day at the Dubai Air Show 2015. The test comes almost two years after the Storm Shadow was first fitted to a Typhoon jet.

The trials were conducted in November 2015 at Aberporth MoD firing range in the UK, supported Alenia Aermacchi, BAE Systems, missile designer and producer MBDA, plus specialist trials support from QinetiQ. The Typhoon that released the missile was an  Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA). Te test continues a series of trials led by Alenia Aermacchi, to demonstrate integration of the Storm Shadow missile with Typhoon’s weapon system.

The integration of the missile with the aircraft’s weapon system was successfully demonstrated, says Eurofighter. The trials also verified the interface of the missile with the weapon system for pre-launch checks, demonstrated post-launch safe separation and the subsequent start of missile flight.

Storm Shadow is a long range missile designed to take out high value, hardened or buried targets. and is already in service with the Italian Air Force and Royal Air Force. The weapon has been used by Tornado fighter bomber aircraft before.

Source: BAE Systems, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A Storm Shadow on the right wing of this Typhoon (Image © BAE Systems)