Typhoon completes successful dual missile trial
Trials have been successfully completed by a Typhoon aircraft to simultaneously fire two MBDA Meteor Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles.
Undertaken at BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information site, in Warton, UK, the trials took place over the UK’s Hebrides Range using Airbus Defence & Space Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 4 with the support of BAE Systems, Eurofighter GmbH, MBDA and the UK‘s Ministry of Defence.
The tests come as part of the major programme of works that will integrate the weapons on to the aircraft. The trials themselves sought to test the simultaneous two-way data link between two missiles and the aircraft, as well as successful engagement of targets.
This is the latest successful flight trial conducted by the Eurofighter Partner Companies as part of a major programme of work to add additional capability on to Eurofighter Typhoon, ensuring it is ready to meet the threats of the future.
Andy Flynn, Eurofighter Delivery Director for BAE Systems UK, said: “This is another major milestone on the Meteor programme and the first successful test of a dual firing.
“Meteor brings to Eurofighter Typhoon an unparalleled air-to-air engagement capability and this successful trial – following on from a series of firings last year – is further evidence of how the Eurofighter Partner Companies are working together to deliver major enhancements to Typhoon’s multi-role capabilities.”
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