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PICTURE: MBDA reveals clipped-fin Meteor for F-35
Flight International ^ | 17/09/10 | Stephen Trimble

Posted on 09/17/2010 3:46:38 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

PICTURE: MBDA reveals clipped-fin Meteor for F-35

By Stephen Trimble

MBDA has revealed a slightly modified Meteor that would allow four of the beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles to be stored inside the Lockheed Martin F-35.

A miniature Meteor mock-up featuring four clipped fins appeared for the first time in the company's display at the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington DC.

The missile's total fin area is reduced by roughly 20% compared with the original design, says Rob Thornley, MBDA sales and business development executive. The new shape allows the Meteors to squeeze into the space designed to house four Raytheon AIM-120C7 AMRAAMs.

© Stephen Trimble/Tim Bicheno-Brown/Flightglobal

The new fin design is the product of a Lockheed study made nearly three years ago and funded by the UK Ministry of Defence to investigate the feasibility of carrying four Meteors within the F-35's internal weapons bay.

Unlike its short-range ASRAAM, MBDA has not yet found a customer willing to integrate the Meteor on the F-35. However, the company is preparing the missile to be included as part of the fighter's Block 5 upgrade package.

Meteor is scheduled for integration on Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen (pictured below carrying standard Meteor) fighters under a six-nation programme involving France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

© MBDA

Lockheed has previously shown off a modified weapons bay door that creates enough room to store as many as six AMRAAMs.

US Air Force officials, meanwhile, are seeking approval in the next budget cycle to develop a new, long-range missile to replace both the AMRAAM and Raytheon's AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missile. The dual-role air dominance missile remains in early technology development.

"We need to move forward with fifth-generation weapons for a fifth-generation platform," Air Combat Command chief Gen William Fraser said during the AFA conference.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f35; mbda; meteor

1 posted on 09/17/2010 3:46:43 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Since they merged with Hughes, Raytheon is the only U.S. manufacturer of air to air missiles, not necessarily a good situation.


2 posted on 09/17/2010 3:51:46 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Mean while offing 200-300 million Arabs mite save several million Americans.


3 posted on 09/17/2010 4:10:04 AM PDT by Waco (From Seward to Sarah)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
I've read that the USAF is considering replacing the AIM-120 AMRAAM with a version of the Meteor missile, but with a US-built warhead and guidance system (essentially upgraded AMRAAM components). Reason: the Meteor's over 62 mile range, which makes it perfect for intercepting today's faster cruise missiles and their launcher planes at long range. Because Meteor is similar in size to AMRAAM, it also means it could be carried on slightly modified versions of the same missile mounts used on the F-15, F-16 and F-18.
4 posted on 09/17/2010 4:52:54 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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