MBDA has received an order to build Meteor air-to-air missiles for German Air Force

MBDA, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of missile systems has received an order to build further Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missiles for the German Air Force.

MBDA has received an order to build Meteor air to air missiles for German Air Force 925 001 Meteor Air-to-Air missile mounted on Eurofighter aircraft of German Air Force (Picture source MBDA)

Meteor is the world's most advanced air-to-air missile and has a unique ramjet propulsion system that allows it to fly further and faster than any other air-to-air missile – allowing it to defeat maneuvering targets even at extreme ranges.

Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA said: "The Meteor program can be considered Europe's most successful defense co-operation program, bringing together the best technologies from six European nations to deliver a common military capability that is truly revolutionary. We are very pleased to receive this additional contract from the German customer as a further commitment to Meteor as the primary air dominance weapon for Eurofighter."

Signed on 16 December, the contract was awarded to MBDA by the Meteor Integrated Joint Programme Office (IJPO) on behalf of the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

Unlike traditional air-to-air missiles that glide unpowered for most of their flight, limiting their ability to hit agile targets at long distances, Meteor's ramjet provides sustained thrust at speeds in excess of Mach 4 all the way to the target – giving Meteor an unrivaled no-escape zone. Meteor is now cleared for frontline service with all of Europe's domestic fighter aircraft, Gripen, Eurofighter and Rafale.