SPEAR - Selectable Precision Effects At Range

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MBDA mini cruise missile, 100km range, F-35B loadout 8x internally. http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pictures-mbda-sharpens-spear-missile-design-for-f-35-integration-373453/
 

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Front end looks similar to Brimstone as well...

Folding wings on top of the body makes sense given the small diameter and need to maximise the warhead size and fuel load.
 

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The similarity with SDB II has been commented on else where. I'm thinking that the turbojet powered SPEAR will have an advantage over the un powered SDB II glide bomb when delivered from slow flying UAVs or AC-130 type platforms or low altitude.
 

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Think Defence SPEAR missile system article :)
 

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Hopefully the unpowered SPEAR Glide will be purchased as well and provided a significantly lower cost weapon with a bigger warhead for static targets. SDB II capability but developed in reverse!

Fingers crossed the UK will make the most of this promising missile family ;)
 

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Hopefully the unpowered SPEAR Glide will be purchased as well and provided a significantly lower cost weapon with a bigger warhead for static targets. SDB II capability but developed in reverse!

Fingers crossed the UK will make the most of this promising missile family ;)

I hope so too SteveO, I have always liked the SPEAR family of missiles.
 

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Another SPEAR article here - https://www.navylookout.com/putting-the-strike-in-uk-carrier-strike-the-spear-3-stand-off-weapon/
(Navy Lookout is the new name for the Save the Royal Navy website)
It would be challenging for any naval vessel to deal with 8 or 16 small missiles arriving simultaneously (the payload of one or two F-35s). A mixture of SPEARS, some set up with fragmentation warheads to damage aerials and upper deck equipment combined with others set with a tandem charge to penetrate into the vessel would likely cripple most combatants. The warhead is small but scoring multiple of hits could be enough to damage critical sensors and electronic systems and disable the ship as a fighting unit, even if not sunk.
 

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Saab and MBDA have disclosed that they are working together on the development of a miniaturised powered decoy that will form part of Saab's Arexis airborne electronic warfare (EW) product portfolio.
 

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