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Storm Shadow flight trials at Warton

Italian aerospace and defence company Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi along with its Instrumented Production Aircraft 2 (IPA2) MMX-614, arrived at Warton in Lancashire and along with the help of engineers from MBDA & BAESystems they were to complete flight trials of the MBDA Strom Shadow. The flight trials were flown from Warton to the coastal range at Aberporth. The UK-based trials will see the missile being released from Italian IPA2 aircraft in order to collect safe weapons separation trajectory data and to verify the correct release sequence of the missile.

Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi was designated to integrate the addition of the MBDA Storm Shadow onto Eurofighter Typhoon’s potent simultaneous multi-/swing-role capabilities. Already in service with both the RAF & Italian air forces on their Tornados the MBDA Storm Shadow is a conventionally armed, stealthy, long-range stand-off precision weapon capable of striking in all-weather conditions, well-defended infrastructure targets such as airfields bridges, control centres, bunkers, missile sites and port facilities, which might otherwise require several aircraft and missions.