The Royal Air Force (RAF) has announced that it’s Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 multi-role fighters, currently deployed as part of Operation Shader in the Middle East, have fired the Brimstone air-to-surface missile in combat for the first time.
The mission saw an RAF Typhoon FGR.4 engage an identified enemy vessel on the River Euphrates on 19 February 2019.
The MBDA-produced Brimstone missiles were previously unique to the RAF’s Panavia Tornado GR.4 fleet but due to the types retirement in March 2019, the weapons were integrated onto the Typhoon FGR.4 through ‘Project Centurion’. Tornado aircraft returned to the UK from providing coalition support for Operation Shader on 5 February 2019 in preparation for the type’s retirement.
The £425m ‘Project Centurion’ saw RAF Typhoons become integrated with three new weapons systems, which included Brimstone, Storm Shadow (a low-observable air-launched cruise missile) and Meteor (an active radar-guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile). All of which are manufactured by MBDA. The project has been an effort to allow the RAF’s front-line Typhoon fleet to effectively take over the capabilities of the soon-so-be retired Tornado GR.4 fleet.