MoD Awards UK Manufacturer £184M Missile Contract
The UKs Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded MBDA an £184M production contract for the supply of the highly capable infra-red (IR) guided air-to-air missiles to equip the UK’s F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet.
The new ASRAAM missiles will be the first British designed missile to enter service on the F-35. This contract will sustain around 400 jobs at the company's sites in Bristol, Stevenage and Bolton as part of the MOD's £178bn new equipment plan project. The missiles will be produced at MBDA’s new £40M Bolton manufacturing and assembly site with engineering activities carried out at MBDA sites in Stevenage and Bristol.
MBDA is currently under contract for an ASRAAM capability sustainment programme for the Typhoon fast jet and this new order to equip the F-35 will see the production of additional missiles. Collectively, the order also ensures that ASRAAM remains available for overseas customers and future exports.