UK Royal Air Force Typhoon Fighter Conducts First Mission with Meteor Missile

On December 10, the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) deployed its Eurofighter Typhoon with the new Meteor air-to-air missile from RAF Lossiemouth in a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission to defend U.K. airspace. U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said that the Meteor missile “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 is a ramjet motor-powered Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) jointly developed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. Guided by an active radar seeker, it is designed to engage aerial targets such as jets, UAVs, and cruise missiles.