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The Best Air-to-Air Missile in the World Is in Sweden
War is Boring ^ | July 24, 2014 | Thomas Newdick

Posted on 07/25/2014 6:15:55 AM PDT by C19fan

The air force of neutral Sweden may not be one of the big-hitters in terms of global power projection. Indeed, it has barely even undertaken combat operations.

When Swedish jets went into action over Libya in 2011, during Operation Unified Protector, the government only allowed them to fly reconnaissance missions. The previous time Swedish fighters deployed in combat was almost 50 years earlier, during the Congo crisis.

However, Sweden always has taken its air defense very seriously—and has a proven track record of developing innovative, often indigenous solutions to meet its air-power needs. Now, the Swedish air force is about to field what is arguably the most capable air-to-air missile in the world.

The Meteor is not a Swedish product per se, but it will see its initial operational service as part of the armament of the Swedish air force’s fleet of Saab JAS 39C/D Gripen fighters.

(Excerpt) Read more at medium.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: aerospace; meteor; missile; ramjet; sweden
Meteor is the first AAM to use a ramjet dramatically increasing range and hit probability.
1 posted on 07/25/2014 6:15:55 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

They’re accurate and inexpensive, but you have to assemble them yourself.


2 posted on 07/25/2014 6:21:17 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: edpc

“They’re accurate and inexpensive, but you have to assemble them yourself.”

And they pack flat, can fit in the back of any mid-size SUV, and are 98% particle board.


3 posted on 07/25/2014 6:26:37 AM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian.)
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To: C19fan

Very interesting, but I wonder what the Russians and Chinese have up their sleeves.

4 posted on 07/25/2014 6:29:31 AM PDT by McGruff (Hell we can't even secure our border never mind Ukraine's.)
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To: C19fan

Great use of ramjets. Is there a booster to get it up to ramjet speed, article doesn’t say.


5 posted on 07/25/2014 6:29:45 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

According to Wikipedia there is a solid rocket booster to accelerate to ramjet speed.


6 posted on 07/25/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

They have our Phoenix?,


7 posted on 07/25/2014 6:34:14 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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Created by Roger Ramjet.


8 posted on 07/25/2014 6:38:03 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: WMarshal

now THAT’S funny


9 posted on 07/25/2014 6:38:22 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: C19fan

Yes but they are still working on how to fire it from a bi-plane.


10 posted on 07/25/2014 6:38:49 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Transgendered aircraft? We are sooooo screwed!


11 posted on 07/25/2014 6:40:46 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

Well it is Sweden after all. lol nicely played


12 posted on 07/25/2014 6:41:28 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: C19fan

Doesn’t look like the Meteor has front steering fins, interesting.


13 posted on 07/25/2014 6:42:39 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: C19fan

Brilliant


14 posted on 07/25/2014 6:57:51 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: C19fan

bump


15 posted on 07/25/2014 7:20:01 AM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: C19fan

Probably designed and made by WOMEN, while the men stayed home and played house.


16 posted on 07/25/2014 7:31:31 PM PDT by BobL
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“Is there a booster to get it up to ramjet speed, article doesn’t say.”
There are several types of booster available:
- Gripen
- Eurofighter
- Rafale
and even the F-22.

Best thing is to start a missile at supersonic speeds so the missile itself doesn’t has to provide the energy to cross the sound barrier.

No super cruise? Bad luck for F-35 and others...


17 posted on 07/28/2014 8:46:41 AM PDT by MHalblaub ("Easy my friends, when it comes to the point it is only a drawing made by a non believing Dane...")
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To: MHalblaub

They do have a small booster rocket to get it to probably Mach 2.

That is at least what the Wiki says.

Ramjets, don’t work well under Mach 2.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 9:05:18 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

The booster is integrated within the ramjet. The solid propellant closes the air intakes as long as it works as a rocket engine.

Still it is a huge difference between Mach 1+ or a subsonic launch due to range.


19 posted on 07/29/2014 2:01:41 AM PDT by MHalblaub ("Easy my friends, when it comes to the point it is only a drawing made by a non believing Dane...")
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To: MHalblaub

That sounds workable, I guess the solid booster weight would be negligible after the fuel is expended? It wouldn’t work if it had the complexity of the SR71.


20 posted on 07/29/2014 5:43:01 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“That sounds workable, I guess the solid booster weight would be negligible after the fuel is expended?”

According to my understanding the solid propellant for the boost just fills the combustion and exhaust of the ramjet. So there is no additional weight for a booster stage.


21 posted on 07/31/2014 1:18:08 AM PDT by MHalblaub ("Easy my friends, when it comes to the point it is only a drawing made by a non believing Dane...")
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To: MHalblaub

Can’t beat simplicity.


22 posted on 07/31/2014 5:37:51 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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