Meteor is a
new concept in air to air weapons, employing advanced air breathing
motor technology and the latest electronics to deliver optimum combat
provide Eurofighter with the capability to deal with projected air to
air threats throughout the life of the aircraft.
have the capability to engage multiple targets simultaneously, at
greater range than current medium range air to air missiles and in all
weathers, day or night.
complement Eurofighter's Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile
Subject to agreement of a multi-national Memorandum of Understanding
Meteor will be developed under a collaborative programme involving UK,
Germany, Italy and Spain (the Eurofighter nations), France and
possibly Sweden. Discussions have been conducted on the basis of the
UK acting as the lead nation. The UK's decision in favour of Meteor
opens the way for other nations to undertake their national approval
processes leading to signature of a Memorandum of Understanding around
the end of this year.
The Prime Contractor for Meteor is Matra BAe Dynamics (UK) Ltd leading
a European consortium consisting of MBD - France; LFK (the missile
company of Daimler Chrysler Aerospace) - Germany; Alenia Marconi
Systems - Italy; CASA - Spain, and Saab Dynamics - Sweden (should
Sweden decide to re-join the programme). Boeing are also involved with
the consortium to provide marketing support in the USA and expertise
on programme management. The consortium is responsible for defining
work share between national industries based on technical excellence
and best value for money rather than to any predetermined or directed
Meteor is being developed to operate from three platforms:
Eurofighter, Rafale and (assuming Swedish participation) Gripen. The
missile will significantly enhance the capabilities of these aircraft
and their sales potential.
The BVRAAM project is being managed by an Integrated Project Team
within the Defence Procurement Agency, at the agency's headquarters at
Abbey Wood, Bristol. The project incorporates key elements of the
Smart Procurement Initiative, including an incentivised contract with
industry, industry involvement in the DPA project team and the
management of the project in partnership with industry.
Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) is intended to be the
principle air-to-air weapon system for Eurofighter. The combination of
Eurofighter and a missile whose range and no escape zone exceeds any
other current or projected system over the next decade will ensure the
enhanced capability of the RAF in any future conflict. BVRAAM is
designed to provide performance, particularly kinematic performance,
several times that of existing Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (MRAAMs).
The increased performance will enable pilots to fully exploit the
capabilities of their new aircraft and dominate long range air defence
engagements in a manner that no lesser a solution can achieve.
visual range air-to-air Missile (BVRAAM)
Speed in excess of Mach 4,
range in excess of 100 km
Variable flow ducted rocket ramjet
Courtesy BAe Systems