First Meteor BVRAAM Missile Firing From Rafale
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)
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.
Source: Defense Aerospace