posted on Dec, 22 2005 @ 10:16 AM
As I said in the title the Meteor BVRAAM began flight trials last week in what was called an 'unprecedented' programme.
From Dec 11 trials began with a French Navy Rafale M flying from the Charles de Gaulle, the first carrier trials for the missile.
On Dec 13 a separate set of trials began with a Swedish AF SAAB Gripen while trials with an RAF 17Sqn Typhoon from Coningsby also began this week.
This is a major milestone for the weapon that will replace the AIM 120 AMRAAM as the standard BVR weapon on the Typhoon and Gripen and will aso arm
the Rafale, bringing with it much improved capability for all three fighters.
Then next planned milestone is the first aerial launching of the missile which be be carried out from a Gripen in early 2006.
[edit on 22-12-2005 by waynos]