Brazil’s Gripen fighters received the best air-to-air missiles

BRASILIA, ($1=5.74 Brazilian Real) – Brazil has 36 Gripen fighters manufactured schemes contagious technology with Swedish manufacturer Saab. According to esut.de, all 36 fighter jets are already armed with a set of next-generation beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles [BVRAAM] MBDA Meteor, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned.

Gripen E/F Will Be Offered With AEL Wide Area Display
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According to information sources, this is the second batch of BVRAAM successfully integrated into aircraft, after it was recently delivered to the Brazilian Air Force. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that very recently (in early December) Saab officially presented the first six manufactured units of its next-generation fighter jets – JAS-39 Gripen E. According to the information, Brazil will receive four of the six and the other two fighters go into service in the Swedish Air Force.

According to this, at least four of the Brazilian fighter jets, in addition to being more powerful power supplies in the form of a jet engine from General Electric GE F414G with a maximum thrust of 98 kN, providing the ability to fly at supersonic cruising speed [supercruise], they will also be armed with the world’s best air-to-air missile.

Why is the Meteor MBDA considered to be the best air-to-air missile?

We can safely confirm that MBDA Meteor, AIM-120 AMRAAM, and R-77 Vympel are the three very different from other missiles of this class in the world. One is made in France, the other in the United States, and the third in Russia. One of Meteor’s distinguishing advantages over its American competitor is the rocket’s propulsion system. AIM-120 AMRAAM and R-77 Vympel are conventional missiles containing block explosives that ignite at one end and go out within 10 seconds. The rocket uses just that to gain speed and altitude.

 Brazil’s Gripen fighters received the best air-to-air missiles
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MBDA Meteor works on a radically different principle, as it uses a ramjet, ie. the rocket is powered by liquid fuel and atmospheric oxygen. Thus, its velocity is significantly longer than that of the other two missiles.

In this way, there is a difference in acceleration. The American and Russian missiles accelerate faster, but they also lose this acceleration quickly and so the range altitude changes – 50 km. While MBDA Meteor accelerates more slowly, but this acceleration is maintained and reaches over 120 km. When its fuel runs out, the missile begins to function as an artillery shell and thus becomes suitable for attacks at distances over 65 km.

Combined with stealth the Meteor allows for deadly attacks outside of the envelope where the enemy can detect you, let alone identify or track you. It also allows for potshots at AWACS or similar targets over ranges previously only AIM-54 Phoenix was capable of. This significantly complicates protecting airborne assets from threats, the defense envelope needs to be impossibly wide and is vulnerable to pointed attacks.

The meteor is common all over the world. Consumers include Germany, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, among others.

More about MBDA Meteor

Meteor air-to-air missiles and NH90 helos for the Qatari Air Force
Photo credit: Defence Blog

Meteor is the next generation of Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) system designed to revolutionize air-to-air combat in the 21st Century. The weapon brings together six nations with a common need to defeat the threats of today as well as the future emerging ones.

Guided by an advanced active radar seeker, Meteor provides the all-weather capability to engage a wide variety of targets from agile fast jets to small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and cruise missiles. It is designed to meet the most stringent of requirements and is capable of operating in the most severe of clutter and countermeasure environments.

The weapon is also equipped with data link communication. Aimed at meeting the needs of a network-centric environment, Meteor can be operated using third-party data, enabling the Meteor user – the pilot – to have the most flexible weapon system.

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