الأربعاء، 5 يناير، 2011

فرنسا تطلب 200 صاروخ ميتيور

France Purchases 200 Meteor Missiles
PARIS - France has ordered a batch of Meteor missiles for an undisclosed amount, the Ministry of Defense said in a Jan. 3 statement.
"Defense Minister Alain Juppé welcomes the order for 200 Meteor long-range air-to-air missiles to equip the Rafales of the Air Force and Navy," the statement said.
The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French government's arms procurement agency, asked its British counterpart, Defence Equipment and Support, to place the order with MBDA UK, the prime contractor for cooperative European missile program.
The British authorities signed the contract with MBDA UK on Dec. 22, a DGA spokesman said.
The first Meteors will be delivered to the French military in 2018, the statement said. The missile will undergo integration and certification on the Rafale fighter jet in the intervening period, the DGA spokesman said.
The French government signaled its intention to order the 200 Meteor missiles in 2009, when it published the 2010 defense budget, for which 17.02 billion euros ($22.7 billion) was earmarked for equipment purchases.
In September, Sweden's FMV procurement agency signed a production contract with Saab Aerosystems for the Meteor, which includes integration of the missile on the JAS 39 Gripen NG fighter jet over four years for an estimated cost of $34 million.
Britain and Spain also have signed production orders for the Meteor, which was developed in a cooperative program backed by lead nation Britain, along with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
The Gripen has been used for tests of the Meteor, a beyond-visual-range weapon equipped with a ramjet. The missile is expected to be operational with the Swedish Air Force in 2015.
Besides MBDA UK, the main industrial partners in the Meteor program are MBDA France and MBDA Italy, Saab and Inmize of Spain, the DGA said.


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