February 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, 13 February, at 13:30, a patrol composed of two Rafale took off from the air base Cazaux (Gironde) to make the first shot of a METEOR missile. At 20:00, a second shot was made at night. These experiments were supervised by the DGA, with the activation of a complete test device, combining security, instrumentation, the implementation of targets, and the return of the shots, from its control center located on the island of the Levant, off Hyères.
The aircraft were configured and piloted by personnel of the Air Force Center of Air Defense Expertise (CEAM) and the Naval Airborne Practical Experiments Center (CEPA / 10S) of the French Navy, in close collaboration with the DGA, testifying to the very high level of technicality of the forces in joint
Intended for air superiority missions, the METEOR air-to-air missile is powered by a ramjet and capable of intercepting very long-range targets. Acquired by France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden, it has a zone of interception assured far superior to that of the missiles of the same range currently in service.