First Meteor BVRAAM Missile Firing From Rafale

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First Meteor Firing Carried Out by the Rafale of the Air Force and the French Navy

This is the first pho­to­graph released by the French armed forces min­istry of the inau­gur­al firing of a Meteor beyond-visual range air-to-air mis­sile from a Rafale fight­er. (FR MoD photo)

PARIS — Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, express­es her sat­is­fac­tion after the suc­cess of the first two Meteor mis­sile test fir­ings, car­ried out joint­ly by Rafale fight­ers of the Air Force and the French Navy, with the sup­port of the Directorate-General of Armaments (DGA), and con­grat­u­lates the staff who con­tributed to this suc­cess.

On Wednesday, 13 February, at 13:30, a patrol com­posed of two Rafale took off from the Cazaux air base (Gironde dis­trict) to launch a first Meteor mis­sile. At 20:00, a second firing was car­ried out at night.

Both fir­ings were achieved thanks to the imple­men­ta­tion by DGA of the test range, includ­ing secu­ri­ty, instru­men­ta­tion, target oper­a­tion, and the replay of the launch­es from its site on Levant island, off Hyères, in the Var dis­trict.

The air­craft were oper­at­ed and pilot­ed by per­son­nel from the Air Force Experimental Assessment Center (CEAM) and the Navy’s Airborne Experimental Center (CEPA / 10S), in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the DGA, and which demon­strat­ed the very high level of tech­ni­cal­i­ty of the joint forces.

Intended for air supe­ri­or­i­ty mis­sions, the Meteor air-to-air mis­sile is pow­ered by a ramjet and capa­ble of inter­cept­ing very long-range tar­gets. Acquired by France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden, it has a zone of assured inter­cep­tion far greater than that of the mis­siles of the same range cur­rent­ly in ser­vice.

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Source: Defense Aerospace

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