We are looking forward to a great show at Farnborough- You can visit MBDA at our location (OE10) overlooking the runway. MBDA’s fighter aircraft missiles (Brimstone 2, METEOR, SPEAR 3, Taurus and Storm Shadow) and their integration activities are highlighted in this comprehensive Aviation Week article;
“Against an agile, evading target, Meteor’s no-escape zone—the area within which, if a missile is launched, the target cannot kinematically avoid being hit—is three times larger than that of a conventional single-pulse rocket weapon in a head-on engagement, and five times larger in a tail-chase.
The key is the ramjet engine, which is not only more efficient than a rocket but can also be throttled: the burn rate of the boron-based sustainer propellant is determined by pressure, so can be controlled by a valve between the propellant container and the ramjet duct. This process is controlled by Meteor’s guidance system: After the boost phase, the missile reaches a set cruise speed, but then accelerates as the target gets closer.”
Investments in missile technology by our allies in Europe have dramatically enhanced the Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground capabilities of fighter aircraft such as the Eurofighter, Gripen, Rafale, and Typhoon. MBDA Inc. is attending the 2014 Farnborough air show to discuss how our U.S. customers can capitalize on these investments.