The MBDA-developed Meteor will provide
Eurofighter with the ability to dominate the sub-continental
airspace. The Ramjet propelled Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile has an
estimated range well in excess of 100 km.
The Meteor is the latest BVR
missile scheduled to enter service and offers very long range with ultra high
speed throughout its flight envelope. MBDA sources have stated that the
is on offer
to India for Eurofighter. The Meteor is an outcome of a collaborative programme with the UK, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden for a replacement for the AMRAAM.
Eurofighter GmbH was given authorisation in July 2009 to begin preliminary
Typhoon missile carriage and release work, the first step towards full
integration. According to the NAO report, the Meteor
development programme has progressed to a point where a near-production standard of missile
has been produced. A comprehensive proving programme consisting of modelling,
ground trials, air carriage trials and guided firings have been conducted, the
first of which was completed in June 2009. Production of the Meteor is expected
to commence in 2012 and it is on course for an entry into service date with the
RAF in 2015.