29 Apr '17, 9am

Rafale completes final guided firing of Meteor ultra long-range air-to-air missile

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has completed the final guided firing of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile from a Rafale omnirole combat aircraft. The integration flight test involved firing of the Meteor missile at an air target and was supported by Dassault Aviation, MBDA and Thales. During the test, the Meteor successfully engaged and destroyed a very long-range, high-speed air target named Mirach. A Rafale used in the firing was prepared at the DGA's Cazaux Test Center, which marks completion of the full integration flight testing campaign of Meteor onto the Rafale. Conducted since 2015, the testing campaign has confirmed superior performances of the missile. The tests evaluated the activation of the data-link between the Rafale and the missile in numerous aircraft flight conditions and electronic warfare environment. Equipped with a ramjet motor, Me...

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