Rafale aims for a touchdown, and is still doing so in 2013. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Rafale fires Meteor

The Armée de L’ air, MBDA and Dassault last week successfully complete a live firing of a Meteor missile from a Rafale, destroying an aerial target. The test took place late in April during a flight from Cazaux airbase in Southwest France.

The Meteor is a Beyond Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), designed and built by a European consortium. The type is also designed to be used by Eurofighter Typhoons and Saab Gripens. Tests in Sweden already were deemed successful last year.

The test in France is hailed as a major milestone in the progression of the Rafale to the most state-of-the-art F3 R variant.

The test was performed using a Rafale two seater. (Image © Armée de l’air)

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Featured image: The test is a milestone in the Rafale and Meteor program. (Image © Elmer van Hest)