RAF Typhoons Armed with Meteor Air-to-Air Missile

RAF Typhoons launch for the first time with the Meteor Air-to-Air missile

Issue 89 - January 2019

The UK Ministry of Defence shared a public release via their official web site on 10th December. According to the written statement, RAF Typhoons were launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor Air-to-Air missile in defence of UK airspace during a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission. 

“RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters are now armed with the most advanced Air to Air missile in the world, the MBDA developed ramjet powered Meteor. Another huge leap forward in capability for the Typhoon Force, which is proud to continue defending the UK and our allies, 24/7.” Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said.

In 2018, RAF Typhoons were scrambled for a variety of incidents including intercepting Russian bombers approaching UK airspace.

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 RAF’s prized Typhoon Force is unquestionably now the cornerstone of British and NATO military power. It has proved itself in combat roles over Libya, Iraq and Syria, protecting UK skies and overseas territories, and providing critical support to our NATO Allies in Eastern Europe.”

Meteor which has been built and manufactured by MBDA, is a state-of-the-art complex weapon developed by a six nation European partnership led by the UK.