The Council of the European Union approves the multi-role interceptor project Twister to defend against emerging threats, with entry into service by 2030.
Good news for Europe defense and the European missile manufacturer MBDA. The Council of the European Union has just approved the Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based TheatER surveillance (TWISTER) capability project “for implementation within the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework”, clears MBDA. The manufacturer comments: “this international missile defence project which already includes five European countries, seeks to develop with support from the European Defence Fund a European multi-role interceptor to address emerging threats and be brought into service by 2030”. For once prolix, MBDA explains that “the interceptor component of the TWISTER project will ultimately become a key element in the contribution made by European countries to NATO’s territorial, population and armed forces defense mission while meeting the European Union’s level of ambition in the field of missile defense. By rationalizing and pooling capabilities, the PESCO Member States will benefit from an operational capability in a class of its own and guarantee their strategic autonomy and freedom of action.”
The new TWISTER endo-atmospheric interceptor will therefore be able to deal with “a wide range of threats including, maneuvering ballistic missiles with intermediate ranges, hypersonic or high-supersonic cruise missiles, hypersonic gliders, and more conventional targets such as next-generation fighter aircraft. This Interceptor will integrate existing and future land and naval systems”. And MBDA is committed to meeting this need “through next generation technologies and architectures building on national and company funded studies which have been conducted over the past five years. MBDA will also draw on its experience of industrial cooperation at European level, its long heritage of leading complex air defense programmes and its solid industrial relationships across the wider European landscape to establish a skills and capability led team.”
“The TWISTER project is the second missile systems project to be supported under the new European defence agenda following the Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) capability programme which became part of PESCO in November 2018 and for which MBDA has put forward its 5th generation ground combat system, the only solution under European design authority that gives front-line combat units the ability to fire beyond the direct line of sight while maintaining man-in-the-loop decision-making”, recalls the European missile.