The MBDA Meteor is an European Air-to-Air missile designed for BVR combat (Beyond Visual Range Combat) it was developed under a joint venture by MBDA, EADS and Saab Bofors Dynamics. The missile is a big step for Europe to become independent from the technology and politics of the United States, while all European fighters are still equipped with the American made AIM-120 AMRAAM BVR missile.
The Meteor is the first missile in the world being powered by an highly advanced ramjet propulsion system, which is developed by Bayern-Chemie of Germany, giving it outstanding kinetic energy which is up to six times stronger than on conventional air-to-air missiles.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
|Role||Beyond Visual Range AAM|
|Entered service date||Still in development|
|Manufacturer||MBDA, EADS, Saab Bofors Dynamics|
|Unit cost||900,000 EUR|
|Warhead||High-Explosive Blast Fragmentation|
|Operational range||100+ km|
|Maximum speed||Mach 4+|
|Guidance system||Active radar guided|