MBDA and Boeing have successfully tested the Brimstone missile for Apache AH-64E attack helicopters.

The precision attack weapon was evaluated during several trials and test-firings with the UK's future Apache AH-64E fleet.

The trials validated a prior UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) study contract that confirmed integration was expected to be low risk, MBDA said in a statement.

Fully telemetered missiles were test-fired to demonstrate the weapon's semi-active laser (SAL), dual mode SAL / millimetric wave (mmW) and fully autonomous mmW guidance modes.

Boeing flight test engineer Mesa AZ said: “The mmW autonomous shot from a moving and banking platform against an off-axis target with the missile hitting the MBT turret ring was the most aggressive shot I have seen in my 30 years of the Apache programme.”

The weapon was tested against tanks and pickup trucks in hovering, manoeuvring and banking scenarios.

"UK MoD is working together with MBDA to develop the missile capability the British Army requires.”

UK MoD FMC-WECA complex weapons senior responsible officer Dai Morris said: “UK MoD is working together with MBDA to develop the missile capability the British Army requires.

“Brimstone is part of a family of capabilities, which in addition to the needs of the warfighter, will be aimed at delivering wider benefits, including pan-platform utility, stockpile resilience and better overall value for money for defence.”

The programme was funded by a UK MoD contract that was awarded to MBDA in September 2015.

The contract covers a range of environmental and sensor compatibility tests, as well as functional and avionic trials to demonstrate new platform software and functionality.

Image: British Army's Apache AH-64E attack helicopter. Photo: courtesy of MBDA.