Saab has signed a contract with MBDA for deliveries of subsystems for the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) missile system, Saab announced in a statement.
The order value amounts to approximately SEK 150 million and deliveries to MBDA will take place during the period 2020-2021.
Sweden is working with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK to develop and field the Meteor, with MBDA as the programme’s prime contractor. This order from MBDA comprises deliveries of radar proximity fuze subsystems (PFS) for the Meteor missile system.
The PFS is developed and manufactured by Saab and integrated in all Meteor missiles. The PFS detects the target and calculates the optimum time to detonate the warhead in order to achieve maximum effect.
“This order is very satisfying for us and it is in line with our expectations. It is excellent proof of the knowledge and expertise within Saab, and we can see a great interest for our solutions within this product area. Meteor is definitely a game-changer for air forces around the world and we have been a key part of Meteor from the beginning of the programme”, says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab´s business area Dynamics.
“Meteor is designed to combat advanced air threats and its highly capable fuzing system maximises warhead effectiveness and ensure the highest probability of success. Throughout, the PFS has proven its ability to meet all the demanding requirements placed on it”, says Stefan Öberg, Head of Business Unit Missile Systems at Saab´s business area Dynamics.
Meteor is an active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) being developed by MBDA.
According to MBDA, Meteor has three to six times the kinematic performance of current air-air missiles of its type. The key to Meteor’s performance is a throttleable ducted rocket (ramjet) manufactured by Bayern-Chemie of Germany.
Meteor will offer a multi-shot capability against long range manoeuvring targets in a heavy electronic countermeasures (ECM) environment with range in excess of 100 kilometres (62 mi).
The missile is intended to equip the Eurofighter Typhoons of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), Germany’s Luftwaffe, Spain’s Ejército del Aire, Italian Air Force, British and Italian F-35s, Dassault Rafale of French Armée de l’air, Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Swedish Air Force, Czech Air Force, Dassault Rafale of the Indian Air Force, Egyptian Air Force and Qatar Air Force.
The Swedish Air Force´s (SwAF) Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighters is the first combat aircraft to deploy an operational Meteor capability, as part of Gripen’s MS20 capability upgrade, with the initial operating capability (IOC) achieved in July 2016.