The French Ministry of Defense and Dassault test fired two Meteor missiles from a Rafale aircraft last week.
On Wednesday, 13 February, at 13:30, a patrol composed of two Rafale fighters took off from the air base of Cazaux (Gironde) to fire a first Meteor missile, the French MoD said in a statement last Thursday.
The aircraft were implemented and piloted by personnel from the Air Force Assessment Center (CEAM) and the Naval Airborne Practical Experiments Center (CEPA / 10S) of the Navy in close collaboration with the Directorate-General Armed Forces (DGA).
Intended for air superiority missions, the METEOR air-to-air missile is powered by a ramjet engine and is capable of intercepting very long-range targets.
Germany and the UK are at loggerheads over the former blocking the export of MBDAs Meteor long range air-to-air missile for use on Saudi Arabias Eurofighter Typhoons. Berlin is understood to have blocked the sale citing German-made components in the missile as it is opposed to Saudi Arabias use of the Meteor-mounted Typhoons in the Yemen conflict and over the Jamal Khashoggi affair
SAAB has completed testing its Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft with two Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missiles (BVRAAM) for the first time on Monday. This test with Meteor is a part of the weapon integration progress in the Gripen E test programme
Indias indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will be equipped with a long-range missile of the Meteor class for enhanced capability. The missiles are required to be equipped on the 83 Mark 1A LCAs for which an order has been placed by the air force with the public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, government sources told
Japan and UK are likely to team up to build an improvised version of MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile. The weapon will incorporate radar system developed by Japans Mitsubishi Electri into European MBDAs Meteor missile
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