MBDA Test Fires New Bunker Buster Warhead

17 October 2010 (Last Updated October 17th, 2010 18:30)

MBDA Missile Systems has successfully carried out the second test firing of the hard and deeply buried target (HARDBUT) next-generation multiple warhead system (NGMWS) at the Biscarrosse test range. The HARDBUT technology demonstration programme (TDP) is a warhead research programme f

MBDA Missile Systems has successfully carried out the second test firing of the hard and deeply buried target (HARDBUT) next-generation multiple warhead system (NGMWS) at the Biscarrosse test range.

The HARDBUT technology demonstration programme (TDP) is a warhead research programme funded by the UK MoD and French Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), with MBDA UK as the prime contractor.

The test firing was carried out using a representative missile airframe on the long rocket sled test track at Biscarrosse test range of DGA Essais de Missiles.

The NGMWS is designed to defeat a wide range of targets such as command and control facilities, infrastructure and underground facilities including caves, reflecting current and potential future operations.