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MBDA to maintain Storm Shadow

8th July 2016 - 11:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


MBDA has received a five-year £28 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the maintenance of the Storm Shadow missile used by British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornados, it was announced on 7 July.

Under the contract, MBDA will provide regular maintenance and repair of the weapon system. The company will carry out most of the work, while the MoD's Defence Munitions will store the missiles and undertake some of the maintenance across the UK.

The MBDA Storm Shadow is a long-range cruise missile used to target key buildings and structures such as bunkers, control centres, port facilities, missile sites, bridges and airfields.

Philip Dunne, UK Defence Minister, said: ‘Storm Shadow is a combat-proven, all-weather precision missile system, and is also operated by some of our close NATO allies. It is a vital capability for the RAF, and this £28 million support contract will ensure it is available beyond the end of the decade.’

Air Marshal Julian Young, Chief of Materiel (Air) at MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said: ‘Storm Shadow has repeatedly and successfully proven its worth in operations in Iraq and Libya. The missile is able to perform in extreme conditions, offering a highly flexible, deep strike capability based around a sophisticated mission planning system.’

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