5/23/2007 - Yet another important milestone was
reached today when Gripen successfully conducted the
first Meteor firing in the UK and continued the
testing of the six-nation Meteor air dominance
“Gripen is the first and so far only fighter aircraft
that has launched Meteor. With today’s firing Gripen
once again proves to be a reliable platform for the
integration and testing of complex future missile
systems for the world’s new generation combat
aircraft”, says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President
and General Manager of Saab Aerosystems.
At the same time as being an important achievement
for Saab and Gripen, the firing also marks a
significant milestone in the European multinational
Meteor air-to-air missile project. The purpose of
today’s High Altitude Control and Dispersion (C&D)
firing was to test the performance of the missile’s
integrated boost, ramjet sustain motor and control
systems during high altitude supersonic launch,
extended free flight and extensive manoeuvres.
“Meteor was rail-launched from Gripen flying
supersonic at an altitude of 42,650ft. The missile
followed a pre-programmed flight profile for several
minutes and was then broken up in flight as intended”,
says Magnus Ljungdahl, Gripen Test Pilot at Saab.
Today’s firing with Meteor at the UK’s Hebrides
missile firing range follows a series of lower
altitude Air Launched Demonstrator firings in 2006 and
seeker data gathering trials in early 2007. Saab will
continue the firing and radar tests with the missile
up until 2010 in Vidsel in Sweden, the Hebrides in
Scotland and at Aberporth in Wales.
Source: Saab Aerosystems Press Release