The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to make a strategic decision to bolster its acquisition of the Meteor missile.
About Meteor Missile
- Meteor is a next-generation, active radar-guided, beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) system.
- It is manufactured by MBDA Systems for six European nations.
- It is capable of striking different types of targets simultaneously in almost any weather.
- Primary Operators: UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Sweden.
- It has a length of 3.65m and a diameter of 0.178m.
- It has a combat range of 200 km.
- Designed for a speed greater than Mach 4, the missile has a large no-escape zone.
- It is powered by a solid-fuel variable-flow ducted rocket (ramjet). It provides the Meteor missile with the capability to maintain consistent high speeds.
- Its ramjet air-breathing engine allows the missile to adjust its velocity based on its target’s maneuvers.
- The missile is equipped with a blast-fragmentation warhead.
- The missile system is installed with an active radar target seeker, offering high reliability in the detection, tracking, and classification of targets.
- It is equipped with a two-way datalink, which allows the launch platform to provide updates on targets or re-targeting when the missile is in flight.
- The datalink is capable of transmitting information such as kinematic status. It also notifies target acquisition by the seeker.
Q1) What is a Ramjet Engine?
A ramjet is a variant of an air breathing jet engine that does not include a rotary compressor; rather, it uses the engine's forward motion to compress the incoming air. A ramjet cannot function at zero airspeed and therefore cannot be used to power an aircraft in all phases of flight. A ramjet equipped aircraft requires another type of propulsion to accelerate it to a speed at which the ramjet is capable of producing thrust