Second Meteor missile firings with Gripen completed
On 9th May, Meteor prime contractor MBDA conducted the first firing while the second took place on 20th June, completing the first two of a series of scheduled firings aimed at gathering data on the missile’s performance and its characteristics during launch and free flight. This data will be utilised in the further development of the missile. Both firings were rail-launched from a Saab Gripen combat aircraft flying at an altitude of 23,000 ft.
In 2001, Swedish authorities signed an international agreement to provide the Gripen new generation fighter aircraft as a test platform for testing the high-tech Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor missile.
The Meteor programme is an international cooperation between leading aerospace companies in Europe. The Meteor programme is being led by MBDA, in partnership with Saab Bofors Dynamics, and Spain’s INMIZE.