In the simulation, the aircraft used the Meteor missiles to fire at real air targets in predetermined scenarios. The missile, known as a beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), is manufactured by MBDA Systems. The company is currently providing the active radar-guided, next-generation missile to six European countries.
The testing was done using a Typhoon aircraft IPA6, a Tranche 2 standard aircraft that uses the most up-to-date P2E software. The pilot who tested the missile, Nat Makepeace, was impressed by how smoothly and effectively the device worked, along with all the other technology that is used inside the aircraft.
"The missile separated very cleanly and guided very successfully towards its target maintaining a datalink communication between the weapon and the aircraft,"Makepeace said.
"We are taking to the skies with upgraded software, trailing new night vision helmet technologies, developing and expanding weapons capabilities and looking forward to flying the Captor E-scan radar, all in the space of one year."
Makepeace went on to add how this is one of the most exciting times he can remember in the development of the Typhoon aircraft. This test shows Typhoon has the ability not only to shoot down enemy air threats, but also identify and engage targets on the ground at the same time.
The purpose of this test is part of Typhoon’s Phase 2 Enhancements program that aims to add new weapons with long range attack capabilities, such as Meteor and Storm Shadow missiles.
The Meteor BVRAAM is very versatile, as it can be integrated not only onto the Eurofighter Typhoon, but also onto Saab Gripen and Dassault Rafale aircraft. It can also be installed on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
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