Meteor is the next generation Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile - BVRAAM. It will engage air targets autonomously - whether fighters, bombers, transport aircraft or cruise missiles - by using its active radar seeker by day or night and in all weather or dense electronic warfare environments. Meteor's ramjet propulsion system will ensure a range in excess of 100km and a speed of more than Mach 4. Even when launched from extreme stand-off ranges, the missile will have the energy in the end game to defeat fast, maneuvering targets. The Meteor system provides interoperability between all of Europe's major air forces. This missile is developed under the prime contractor ship of MBDA and the Meteor team comprising Europe's leading guided weapons companies. Meteor was ordered in 2002 by the UK Ministry of Defence and five other European nations - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden - to meet their future Air-to-Air requirements.
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