Saab has revealed that its Gripen E aircraft conducted the first live-firing test with the advanced Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).

The test was carried out above the Vidsel test range in northern Sweden.

During the test, a Gripen E multi-role aircraft launched the Meteor missile at an altitude of around 16,500ft above the test range.

The company claimed that the BVRAAM successfully achieved end-to-end result on the designated target.

Saab Flight Test & Verification head Mikael Olsson said: “It feels very good that we have now completed first test firing with Meteor from Gripen E.

“It is a very important milestone both for programme and for Saab.

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“It shows that weapon capability of Gripen is at the absolute forefront.”

The latest was conducted as part of flight test programme for the Gripen E aircraft.

This programme aims to continuously develop and evaluate several tactical systems, as well as validate the integration of a wide variety of weapons, such as the Meteor.

MBDA Europe vice-president Jim Price said: “This success is a great demonstration of the close partnership between MBDA and Saab, which after many years of active co-operation continues to go from strength to strength.

“This trial also excellently shows off our joint ability to rapidly integrate weapon capabilities onto the all-new Gripen E.”

Developed by MBDA, the Meteor BVRAAM is capable of operating in highly contested environments.

Saab is also a partner in the Meteor programme, with MBDA UK being the prime contractor.

This missile programme includes participation of countries, including Sweden, the UK, Italy, France, Spain, and Germany.