Storm Shadow Go-ahead for Typhoon
The contract to begin full integration of the MBDA Storm Shadow long-range precision attack missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon is expected to be signed today. Philip Dunne, UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, announced the signing while speaking at Farnborough yesterday.
The contract is between Eurofighter and NETMA, the four-nation Eurofighter management agency, and is worth €150 million ($205 million).
Storm Shadow has already begun captive-carry tests on an Italian development aircraft, but this contract initiates the full integration effort. UK aircraft will certainly be involved in flight tests, although the use of test aircraft from other nations has not been precluded.
Fielding of Storm Shadow on the RAF Typhoon fleet is expected to begin in mid-2016.