Was the EuroFighter a successful aircraft

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Aberporth (Wales). December 4th, 2012 was and is a successful date for the companies Inmize Sistemas, MBDA and Saab Bofors Dynamics. Because on this Tuesday a Meteor missile was fired for the first time from a Eurofighter fighter aircraft. The Meteor consortium thus passed another milestone on its way to completing the program for the world's first air-to-air missile with a ramjet.

The Meteor is a long-range air-to-air missile (Beyond Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile, BVRAAM) developed by Inmize Sistemas S.L. (Spain), MBDA (Great Britain / France / Italy) and Saab Bofors Dynamics (Sweden). The consortium's customers will be France, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden and Spain. In all likelihood Germany too, but the final parliamentary decision - or a contract - is still pending. The Eurofighters, the French Dassault-Rafale and Sweden's Saab Gripen will soon be equipped with the radar-guided Meteor system. In Europe, Meteor is the successor to the US air-to-air guided missile AIM-120 AMRAAM.

An extremely powerful mix of weapons

The Eurofighter test flight on December 4th took place over a test site near Aberporth in Wales. The sharp shot had been preceded by various attempts to exit without igniting the ramjet engine. A rear fuselage station of the aircraft was used for the test shot. The premiere was technically supported by BAE Systems, MBDA and the British defense and research company QinetiQ.

Eurofighter test pilot Steve Long raved about the successful test: “This powerful long-range weapon offers us pilots an extremely powerful mix in combination with a highly agile fighter aircraft. After all, we want the best possible combination of aircraft and armament in order to successfully complete our mission and then fly home safely. "

The Meteor missile was already technically integrated in the Saab Gripen, the first successful shot was made over the Swedish test area Visdel on May 20, 2006. A few weeks ago, in October, the first Meteor air-to-air missile was fired with the French Rafale.

Project is picking up speed in Parliament

The Defense Committee of the German Bundestag also discussed the "Meteor" armaments project at its meeting on October 17, 2012. An application from the parliamentary groups of the CDU / CSU and FDP was accepted with the votes of the SPD (and against the votes of the parliamentary groups Die Linke and Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) and passed on to the budget committee for information.

In the budget proposal of the coalition, the “Federal Minister of Defense is requested to accelerate the integration of the medium-range air-to-air guided missile Meteor into the Eurofighter weapon system”. The reason: “While the Meteor partner countries and other customers have already set the course for the procurement of the missile, the integration of the finished missile into the Eurofighter weapon system has not made progress on the German side. The integration of the LFK Meteor into the Eurofighter weapon system is an indispensable part of the armament conception of this weapon system and should be carried out with urgency in order to be able to guarantee the equipment and optimal operational capability of the Eurofighter weapon system in the foreseeable future. "

Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière is requested to submit a progress report on the project to the Defense Committee by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Text: dew üpm


Our recording shows
the Eurofighter over the test site near Aberporth in Wales.
(Photo: BAE)