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German Air Force orders more Meteor missiles

27th December 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The German Air Force has ordered additional Meteor missiles from MBDA, the company announced on 20 December.

The order, placed on 16 December, was issued via the Meteor Integrated Joint Programme Office on behalf of the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support.

Meteor is an advanced air-to-air missile that uses a unique ramjet propulsion system to fly further, faster and defeat maneuvering targets even at extreme ranges.

Éric Béranger, CEO, MBDA said: ‘The Meteor programme can be considered Europe’s most successful defence co-operation programme, bringing together the best technologies from six European nations to deliver a common military capability that is truly revolutionary. We are very pleased to receive this additional contract from the German customer as a further commitment to Meteor as the primary air dominance weapon for Eurofighter.’  

Meteor is now cleared for frontline service with all of Europe’s domestic fighter aircraft: Gripen, Eurofighter and Rafale.

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