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U.S. and other allied military leaders likely will be watching this project with interest, as the Meteor missile is considered to be one of the best long-range air-to-air missiles in the world, and could be superior to the U.S. AMRAAM missile.
MBDA will perform production and engineering work required to support Meteor’s compatibility and use from the F-35, and will provide the usual suite of test missiles required for an aircraft integration program.
The Meteor is a ramjet-powered missile that is designed to provide an all-weather capability that can engage a wide variety of targets, including agile fast jets, small unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise missiles.
MBDA is a European developer and manufacturer of missiles. It was formed by a merger of French Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles, Italian Alenia Marconi Systems and British Matra BAe Dynamics in December 2001.