UK Ministry’s Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Program

 - July 8, 2012, 6:11 AM

The UK Ministry of Defence has conceived three elements of its Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) program:

• Capability 1 is the various proposed upgrades to the Paveway IV described in this article;

• Capability 2 is an improved version of the Brimstone 2 missile that MBDA produced as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR). It added a laser seeker to the original millimeter wave seeker, so that the 110-pound weapon could be used against small targets in urban areas;

• Capability 3 is a new weapon reportedly in the 200-pound class, to be produced by the Team Complex Weapons construct that the UK has created. MBDA will be revealing more detail on this weapon at Farnborough this week.