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French Rafales conduct first Meteor firings

20 February 2019
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French Rafale combat aircraft conducted the first test firings of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 13 February. Source: Ministère des Armées

French Air Force (FAF) and navy Rafale combat aircraft conducted the first test firings of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 13 February, the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 February.

The first firing was conducted in daylight and the second at night.

The Rafales were prepared and flown by personnel from the FAF's Centre d'Expertise Aérienne Militaire (Military Aviation Expertise Centre: CEAM) and the Centre d'Expérimentations Pratiques de l'Aéronautique Navale (Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Centre: CEPA/10S), in co-operation with the DGA, which prepared the range and instrumentation.

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