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11 February 2016

Successful Missile Trials for Eurofighter TYPHOON Continue

The STORM SHADOW deep strike missile and METEOR Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile, both produced by MBDA, again have been successfully released from the Eurofighter TYPHOON as part of the Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) programme, introducing new long-range attack capabilities to the aircraft.

Eurofighter TYPHOON IPA6 (left) and IPA2 (right) on the UK MoD’s Hebrides range in Scotland - respectively armed with METEOR air-to-air missile and STORM SHADOW air-to-surface missile. (Photos: Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug)

The release of the STORM SHADOW missile has been carried out in the UK MoD’s Hebrides range in Scotland from the Italian Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 2, following a successful trial of STORM SHADOW in November 2015. Also at the Hebrides range, another METEOR missile has been fired from UK TYPHOON aircraft IPA6. This firing followed trials held in late 2015, during which TYPHOON aircraft conducted guided METEOR firings against real air targets.

STORM SHADOW adds attack stand-off capability to TYPHOON which now really accomplishes every possible role in the combat scenario. The aircraft retains excellent performance in an incredible low pilot workload cockpit environment, essential for a single seat multirole aircraft,” Enrico Scarabotto, the Italian Chief Test pilot who flew the IPA2, said, while Steve Greenbank, Director of Aircraft Programmes for Military Air & Information, BAE Systems, commented on the METEOR trials: “These latest METEOR firing trials are another step forward in the integration of the missile onto the TYPHOON aircraft, demonstrating they can operate safely, accurately and effectively.”

In addition to METEOR and STORM SHADOW, the integration of MBDA’s BRIMSTONE will be part of the Phase 3 Enhancements (P3E) programme.

Eurofighter TYPHOON IPA2 with STORM SHADOW air-to-surface missile.

Eurofighter TYPHOON IPA6 with METEOR air-to-air missiles.