in Defence / Events

Paris Air Show: MBDA introduces SmartGlider

Posted 20 June 2017 · Add Comment

MBDA introduced the new SmartGlider family of guided weapons at the Paris Air Show, which is designed to counter anti-access strategies and other emerging battlespace threats.



Planned to become available for fast jets no later than 2025, SmartGlider forms a family of all-up-round glider weapons, with folding wings and a range of over 100 km. This new generation of air-to-ground weapons is designed to counter new networked short- and medium-range surface-to-air threats, as well as moving/relocatable targets or hardened fixed targets.

The compact family member, SmartGlider Light, is 2 meters long and weighs 120 kg. 12 to 18 SmartGlider Lights can be carried on an aircraft thanks to a Hexabomb Smart Launcher (HSL) capable of managing reactive strikes without affecting the pilot’s workload. As such, the SmartGlider Light will allow first-day-entry by saturating and destroying enemy air defences.

For general purpose missions, the SmartGlider Light can be engaged against a wide spectrum of targets, from hardened and defended fixed targets such as hangars, to relocatable targets that can only be destroyed from a standoff distance with significant lethal effects.

Last, MBDA also prepares a 1,300 kg SmartGlider Heavy able to carry a multipurpose warhead of more than 1,000 kg to deal with large and hardened infrastructure.

“The SmartGlider family considerably reinforces the air-to-ground capabilities of the combat platform, sitting between the bombs equipped with guidance kits and cruise missiles”, explains
François Moussez, MBDA Military Advisor. “Designed for use in high volumes in order to saturate ai defences, SmartGliders are gliders that, thanks to a high lift-to-drag ratio and their integrated guidance and navigation, will feature a range of over 100 km allowing the combat platform to stay at safe distance from the enemy defences.”

Lionel Mazenq, Business Development Manager France, adds: “Our SmartGliders will integrate new technologies in their guidance and navigation functions, as well as multipurpose warheads. Thus, they will be able to reach and destroy the best defended targets, notably enemy air defences, thanks to a mix of optronics and radio frequency sensors that makes them robust against anti-access measures.”

“Throughout thirty years of work on the SCALP/Storm Shadow and now on future deep strike, MBDA has gained an in-depth understanding of penetrative missions in hostile territory”, states Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA. “We have therefore been able to optimise the costs of the aircraft and missile combination and succeeded in designing a truly efficient weapon for use in high volumes that perfectly complements the SCALP/Storm Shadow and its future follow-on FC/ASW that we are developing through Anglo-French cooperation.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

MoD awards 120m air power support contracts

The UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced two contracts worth almost £120 million, to improve RAF training for fast jet pilots and make sure the Hercules C-130J aircraft can continue supporting UK Armed Forces

Parliamentarians celebrate UK apprentices at House of Commons reception

A hundred apprentices from some of Britain's leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

SNC-Lavalin completes Atkins acquisition

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of WS Atkins plc (Atkins), which is the UK's largest engineering and design consultancy with a wealth of expertise in various sectors, including aerospace, aviation, defence and

PhD brings new ideas to safety critical aviation research

A development chemist who has worked with innovators in the field of safety critical aviation fluids for more than six years, is bringing new ideas to Kilfrost, after being awarded a PhD in the study of supramolecular material science.

SA Airlink to provide scheduled services to St Helena

The St Helena Government and SA Airlink (Airlink) have today signed an agreement for Airlink to provide scheduled commercial air services to St Helena Island.

Italy selects Marshall CT Scanner

Italy has become the fourth NATO nation to select the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group CT Scanner to provide deployed medical diagnostic facilities.

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
DSEI LB0911150917SMI AirMissBT0305251017SMIUAV BT1005280917Aviation Africa BT18418SMI12DE BT203280917Advanced Engineering BT1007021117SMI MilSat BT2907101117SMI FAV BT1007161117