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earlier Apache anti-runway missile, the stealthy
weapon has an estimated 500km range. Currently it
can be carried by the Tornado, Gripen, Mirage 2000
and Rafale, but the Typhoon will join the ranks next
year plus the F-35 later on. (The Storm Shadow's
first Typhoon flight took place last November.) Storm
Shadow uses GPS and terrain matching guidance
and it was heavily used over Libya.
The Brimstone, developed for the Royal Air Force
(RAF) is another product in the MBDA portfolio.
Mati Hindrekus, head of marketing communications
at MBDA, told Defence Review Asia: "In Libya
the only man-in-the loop weapon in the allied
inventory to carry out precision strikes in complex
environments was MBDA's Dual-Mode Brimstone.
Used in its semi-active laser firing mode, the RAF
was given the task of carrying out a range of
precision strikes that other allied partners were
not able to do." An improved Brimstone 2 was
successfully test-fired last October and it should
enter British service in 2015.
MBDA is also developing a lightweight, high-
speed missile with 100km range for the F-35.
Hindrekus elaborated: "MBDA is currently working
on the turbojet Spear 3 (four of which can be
deployed in each of the F-35's internal carriage
bays). It has been displayed at a number of
international trade shows and significant interest has
A French manufacturer sometimes forgotten is
Sagem. It produces the AASM Hammer family of
augmentation kits for conventional bombs. The
Hammer's range can reach 60km, and unlike a laser-
guided bomb, it can be fired off-axis in all weather
conditions day or night. The French Air Force
and Navy have already used it in combat in Mali
aboard the Rafale. Sagem states the AASM "fills
the capability gap between laser-guided weapons
having limited range and requiring continuous laser
illumination towards the target, and cruise missiles
that provide longer range but are very expensive".
The family can be used with 125, 250, 500 or
The Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile leverages
cooperation between EADS/MBDA and Saab
Bofors Dynamics. The stealthy missile's range
exceeds 500km and it features a double 500kg
MEPHISTO (Multi-Effect Penetrator, HIgh
Sophisticated and Target Optimised) warhead.
When the USA refused to supply JASSM, South
Korea ordered a reported 200 examples of the
KEPD 350 to arm its F-15K fighters. Such a long-
range missile is ideal for targeting the hardened
bunkers and tunnels of the North Korean military.
Saab also offers the RBS-15 long-range missile.
The RBS-15 was originally an anti-ship system,
but the RBS-15F that entered service in 1989
was adapted for air launches. Thailand ordered
the RBS-15F as part of its Saab Gripen fighter
package. Also emanating from Scandinavia is
the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) from Kongsberg in
Norway. The JSM is a multirole variant of the Naval
Strike Missile (NSM), and it features two-way
communications with the launcher or other nearby
missiles. Importantly, the 280km-range JSM will be
integrated on the F-35, with the fighter having the
ability to carry two weapons, as well as the Super
Hornet. Australia has contributed to the integration
programme but has not yet placed any orders.
Pakistan created the Ra'ad (Hatf VIII) air-launched
cruise missile, with the 1,100kg missile being in
service since 2007. It has a 350km range and
can be launched from the Mirage III, although the
Pakistan Air Force plans to integrate it with the JF-
17 fighter. The Ra'ad can be armed with a nuclear
China is certainly the largest producer of missiles
in Asia. Causing alarm is the CJ-10 land attack
cruise missile (LACM) family, which includes the
CJ-10A air-launched variant. It is supposed to have
a 2,000km range and six CJ-10As can be carried
aboard H-6K strategic bombers. Chinese weapons
are a real potpourri of similar-sounding designations,
but bear with the following summary. The 400km-
range YJ-83 Standoff Air-Launched Supersonic
Cruise Missile (SALSCM) is a successor to the
C-803 and it can be used against both land and
ship targets. Like most Chinese missiles, it draws
heavily on Russian technology. Separately, there is
also the "new-generation" CM-802AKG (YJ-83KH),
an air-launched LACM with 220km range and CEP
China is developing land attack versions of some
of its dedicated anti-ship missiles too, as is the
case with the C-705KD that publicly debuted in
2012 with a claimed 140km range. The CM-602G
(290km range) and C-704KD fall into the same
category. The CM-502KG, unveiled at Airshow
China in 2012, is a lighter air-to-surface missile with
25km range, and its compact size means it can be
carried by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
China produces 'smart bomb' kits as well.
CASC's Lei-Shi family offers guidance and gliding
modules that fit onto bombs weighing up to 5 tons.
The LS-6 is similar to the GBU-39. Additionally,
the FT series from CASC, which uses INS/satellite
guidance, is available for export for 100, 250 and
The only local customer for the Taurus KEPD 350 so far is South Korea,
which will arm its F-15Ks fighters to give them a long-range punch.
Lockheed Martin created the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
(JASSM), a low-observable, long-range cruise missile.
Israel is also a maker of standoff missiles like the Rafael Popeye and Israel
Military Industries (IMI) Delilah.
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