June 3, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - European missile manufacturer MBDA plans adjustments to its Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) to make it capable of deployment on Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The MBDA Meteor compete with Raytheon's medium range semi-active homing AIM-20 AMRAAM
missile, though Meteor possesses longer range and several additional advances in technology. This move expands the Meteor's original designated market, which was the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, and Saab's JAS-39 Gripen fighter systems.
MBDA's move is interesting for a number of reasons, ranging from the convergence of different fighter system design philosophies to what it implicitly says about their projections re: future fighter exports....