A Typhoon jet has successfully completed a simultaneous firing of two Meteor missiles as part of the programme to integrate the weapon on to the aircraft.
The test was conducted using Airbus Defence & Space Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 4 with the support of BAE Systems, Eurofighter GmbH, MBDA and the Ministry of Defence.
The trial was used to test successful engagement of targets and the simultaneous two-way data link between two missiles and the aircraft.
The data gathered follows a series of six successful Meteor firings conducted from Typhoon in 2016. Following loading activity at BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information site, in Warton, UK, the trials took place over the UK’s Hebrides Range.
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.”
Operational evaluation with UK Royal Air Force due to begin later in 2017