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Meteor Beyond-visual-range Air-to-air Missile

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the results of MBDA’s first test firing of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 9 May; and whether the development of the Meteor missile is on schedule. (79542)

The first firing of a Meteor missile took place on 9 May. The missile maintained full guidance control throughout its planned flight. Data were successfully collected during the flight and the debris was recovered. A second firing was successfully conducted on 20 June, the data from which are now being analysed.

The Meteor programme remains on schedule to achieve the in-service date declared in the Major Project Report 2005.