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Fire Shadow Loitering Munition


Fire Shadow is a loitering munition weapon system, designed by MBDA Missile Systems, for the land domain, with an operating range of approximately 60 miles (100 km).  It offers precision attack capabilities against time-sensitive static and moving targets with minimal collateral damage. Once launched over a battle zone, it can loiter for several hours before being committed to engage a target.

Our software, VCS-4586, provides the command, control, and monitoring capabilities for Fire Shadow. Operators control the weapon with VCS-4586 which provides real-time situational awareness making the system particularly effective in complex scenarios.

Fire Shadow will enter service with the Royal Artillery and is part of the UK MOD evolutionary strategy for developing affordable complex weapons.

For more information about Fire Shadow visit MBDA Missile Systems website

Fire Shadow Features

  • Engagement of static, mobile and time-sensitive land or sea targets at up to ~100 km range
  • Operator-in-the-Loop control of the mission
  • Day / night imagery provided from an onboard sensor for target discrimination 
  • High precision effect with low collateral damage
  • Operational flexibility including loitering capability and in-flight retargeting
  • Effective across the Spectrum of Conflict including complex and urban scenarios
  • Options for platform integration of ground equipment

Fire Shadow Specification

  • Weight: less than 200 kg
  • Length: less than 4 m
  • Cruising speed: ~150-300 kph
  • Operating altitude: up to ~15,000ft (dependent on scenario)
  • ~ 100 km range 
  • ~ 6 hrs endurance
  • Rocket boosted launch
  • Day-night operations
  • Two-way data link communications
  • Loitering capability