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BAE Systems has completed the first live firing of the Meteor long range air-to-air missile from a Typhoon aircraft at the Hebrides firing range in Scotland.

BAE Systems Typhoon test pilot Nat Makepeace said:

“The aircraft and the weapon performed exactly as expected. It’s very easy and intuitive to operate, and the trials demonstrated that we can function in an expanded envelope safely and accurately. This is a significant step forward for the full integration of the Meteor missile onto the Typhoon aircraft. The integration of the Meteor into Typhoon is being carried out as part of a contract signed between Eurofighter and NATO Eurofighter and the Tornado Management Agency in June 2013.

The aircraft and the weapon performed exactly as expected. It’s very easy and intuitive to operate, and the trials demonstrated that BAE Systems can function in an expanded envelope safely and accurately.”

It is expected that Meteor integration that will be completed in 2017.

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