In response to a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission, RAF Typhoons departed RAF Lossiemouth for the first time armed with a Meteor Air-to-Air missile attached to the aircraft
The MOD says the Meteor – which is manufactured by MBDA – was a worthy investment as it can fly in any weather condition, perform against all current and known future threats; including combat aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles/missiles and will eventually operate from the F-35 Lightning aircraft.
Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson said: “This latest missile system demonstrates the next chapter of the Typhoon which will see the jet evolve its ability to target and destroy any airborne threat at great distances. The Meteor missile will provide an unrelenting deterrence to those who wish harm upon the UK and our armed forces.”
The introduction of the Meteor brings a new and innovative long-range capability and further enhances the Typhoon’s already potent arsenal. This year QRA have been scrambled for a variety of incidents including intercepting Russian bombers approaching UK airspace.
In a statement the MOD said the RAF will continue to develop the missile through life, in-step with its international defence and industrial partners.
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