milestone has been reached at BAE Systems Warton with the ongoing
development of the Typhoon project known as Centurion. The flight trials
which involve the Brimstone missile system are part of the Typhoons
Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E), which with the completion of Centurion will
ensure an efficient changeover of Tornado capabilities to Typhoon due by
the end of 2018. Brimstone will further add to Typhoons air to surface
capability enabling it to attack fast moving targets at range.
Full flight trials followed on after completion of ground trials and
initial flight trials. Around 40 flights have taken place incorporating
Brimstones two launchers each containing three missiles with Typhoons
other weapons of four AMRAAM, two ASRAAM, two Paveway IV laser
guided/GPS bombs. The testing is designed to
carriage envelope of the aircraft. Live firing is now scheduled for
later this year and will see the system used in operational scenarios.
The sequence of flights were in part for Aero Data Gathering (ADG) in
order to see how the Brimstone system interacts with the aircrafts
flight controls and systems, whilst maintaining manoeuvrability and
carrying a heavy weapons load. The Brimstone flight trials are taking
place in conjunction with Phase 2 (P2E) this phase incorporates trials
with Meteor and Storm Shadow weapons which is also due to be brought
into service in 2018.
As part of the trials a team known as Combine Testing Team CTT, crews
from 41RSqn Test & Evaluation have carried out some of the test flying
thus enabling that the RAF are able to give feedback at the design stage
and therefore allowing a smooth transition into service with the
knowledge that the system meets the RAF requirements.