From Scramble - The Aviation Magazine
Meteor was selected in competition to meet the UK's Staff Requirement (Air) 1239 (SR(A)1239), for a Future Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (FMRAAM or FRAAM) to replace the Royal Air Force's British Aerospace Skyflash semi-active radar guided missiles. As the primary air-to-air armament of Eurofighter Typhoon, the missile would be required to provide air superiority against a range of fixed and rotary wing targets including UAVs and cruise missiles.
Meteor will offer a multi-shot capability against long range manoeuvring targets in a heavy electronic countermeasures (ECM) environment. According to MBDA, Meteor has three to six times the kinematic performance of current air/air missiles of its type, e.g. the AIM-120 AMRAAM. The key to Meteor’s outstanding performance is throttle able ducted rocket (ramjet) manufactured by Bayern-Chemie/Protac of Germany. Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). The Meteor has an Thales active radar seeker. Guidance is provided by inertial mid-course with data linking, providing autonomous terminal guidance using advanced proportional navigation. The blast fragmentation warhead has Saab Bofors proximity and impact fuze modes.
- Eurofighter Typhoon
- Dassault Rafale
- Saab AB JAS39 Gripen
- Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Royal Navy)