Swedish defence company Saab announced on 30 August that it had recently conducted the first test firing with the advanced Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) on Gripen E with a successful end-to-end result on the target.
The Meteor missile was launched from Gripen E at an altitude of approximately 16500 ft above the Vidsel test range in northern Sweden.
“It feels very good that we have now completed the first test firing with Meteor from Gripen E. It is a very important milestone both for the programme and for Saab. It shows that the weapon capability of Gripen is at the absolute forefront,” says Mikael Olsson, Head of Flight Test & Verification, Saab.
Meteor from MBDA is an unmatched BVRAAM that can operate in in the most contested environments. It can successfully engage a wide variety of targets, from fighter aircraft to small unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles at unrivalled ranges.
“This success is a great demonstration of the close partnership between MBDA and Saab, which after many years of active co-operation continues to go from strength to strength. This trial also excellently shows off our joint ability to rapidly integrate weapon capabilities onto the all new Gripen E,” says Jim Price, MBDA Vice President Europe.
The focus of the flight test program for Gripen E is on continued development and testing of primarily the tactical systems and as well as integration of a variation of weapons, for example Meteor.
The Meteor programme is one of Europe’s most successful defence collaborations and has seen the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden join together to create this game-changing missile for air combat. Saab is a partner in the Meteor programme in conjunction with prime contractor MBDA UK.
|Type:||Beyond visual range air-to-air missile|
|Country of origin:||Europe (multinational)|
|In service:||2016 – present|
|Operators:||Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|Propulsion:||Solid fuel variable flow ducted rocket (ramjet)|
|Operational range:||200 km +|
|Maximum speed:||Mach 4 +|
|Guidance system:||Inertial mid-course with data link; autonomous terminal guidance|
|Fuses:||Impact; RF proximity|
|Launch platform:||Rail and ejection launch from fixed-wing fighter aircraft|