SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has been offered a new co-development of a Joint Air-to-Air Missile with the United Kingdom that will be based on the MBDA’s Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) technologies but will be far superior with the addition of the Indian technologies. MBDA UK which is a separate entity then that MBDA France has offered UK missile technologies that were developed as part of its commitment to the MBDA’s Meteor program that also involves MBDA France that has been highly secretive about the missiles and has cleared this missile to be used on its newly acquired Dassault Rafale fighter jets only.
Indian Air Force (IAF) wanted to Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) to be equipped on IAF’s frontline fighter jets like Sukhoi-30MKI, Mirage-2000H, and LCA-Tejas Mk1A fleet. But France refused to integrate it with Non-European Radar and also turn downed integration requests on the Mirage-2000 fleet as too expensive research and integration costs for the program.
Japan had to face similar issues in acquiring Meteor for its F-35 fleet due to which it has now entered in joint partnership with MBDA UK for joint development of new of a Joint New Air-to-Air Missile (JNAAM) with the United Kingdom. the Japanese side is looking to integrate advanced radio-frequency (RF) seeker technologies developed by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for the AAM4B missile, to enhance the accuracy and performance of the BVRAAM and support the development of the JNAAM.
MBDA UK offer to India is on similar lines but India is working with Russia on the development of its Meteor called as Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) that will later become Astra Mk3, but the technology is still at testing phase and will require few years before it can enter production. while the missile can be classified as Meteor class but not superior said industrial source close to idrw.org.
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