MBDA Meteor

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Introduction

Meteor is an active radar guided beyond-visual-range (100 km+) Mach 4 air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) being developed by MBDA to replace the AIM-120 AMRAAM in several European air forces.

Development

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.

Description

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.

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