Why can’t military mighty like Russia and the United States build the best air-to-air missiles in the world, but Europe? Russian expert Vladimir Tuchkov said that the Su-57 is only afraid of the European meteor air-to-air missile.
Meteor air-to-air missile is a fast and highly maneuverable beyond-horizon air-to-air weapon. The missile is guided by an active radar seeker and can automatically attack air targets in all weather conditions and electronic warfare environments. Meteor missiles have a long-range out-of-zone range and high lethality. The biggest feature is the use of ramjets.
The German air force recently announced that the new Meteor long-range air-to-air missile is ready for use in the European Typhoon fighter jet. The missile carried out all necessary preliminary flight tests on two tactical fighter aircraft at Neuberg Air Force Base in Bavaria. Meteor has served in the air force of some other countries for a long time including the Indian air force.
The history of the meteor missile is like this. In 1984, the Swedish Saab Company was commissioned by the Air Force to begin research on a new type of Rb-74 long-range air-to-air missile, which would use a ramjet engine. But after a while, the military lost interest in this project. Then, the topic was picked up by the British company BAE. The British became interested in the idea of making the “world’s best” European aviation missile, and five other countries joined.
Then the European company MBDA, composed of developers and manufacturers of tactical missile weapons from Germany, Britain, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden, embarked on an ambitious project to develop “the best in the world” aviation missiles.