The French Air Force and French Navy (Marine Nationale: MN), supported by the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), have completed initial technical and operational evaluation firings of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Dassault Rafale F3R-standard multirole combat aircraft.
Conducted on 13 and 27 February at the DGA's Mediterranean Missile Test Range, the firings comprised two shots on 13 February, including a night shot, and on 27 February a Meteor shot combined with a firing of a MICA short-to-medium range AAM. The participating F3R-standard aircraft - a two-seater Rafale B and a Rafale M (Marine) - were operated and piloted by personnel from the French Air Force Experimental Assessment Centre (CEAM) and the MN's Airborne Experimental Centre (CEPA/10S).
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