sunstersun wrote:Steep competition coming for the Meteor.
Not really, by the time it arrives and is available for export it will be too late for most users. Meteor has got most of Europe nailed down as users already, add in Persian Gulf and Med countries, South Korea and Japan. Integration of Meteor to F-35 will increase that group, then add in the JNAAM development with AESA seeker c2025 and Meteor has a very strong future ahead of it. The US stranglehold on Medium-Long range missile sales in the 'West' that Sparrow and Amraam gave has been shattered.
sunstersun wrote:The most impressive ordnance export I've seen is Norway's NSM. It's already been bought by the USN and being considered for F-35's and frigates etc.
Norway has some form in the AShM market with Penguin. But NSM is the surface launched variant, JSM is the fast jet variant and they are different. The Norwegians were smart and demanded the US go halves with them on integration to F-35, and that it was scheduled in (for Block 4) as the price of Norway becoming an F-35 user. Both have sold 'reasonably' well, but its been out there for 15 years now and hasn't actually set the world on fire. Only 3 JSM users are confirmed: Norway, Australia and Japan. For NSM Norway use it, Poland has some ground launched variants. The US order is a big deal, but isn't actually colossal. Malaysia and Germany will be ordering it in future, but again in small quantities.
Basically it is a success at present, but its not a runaway success by any stretch.
Lord Jim wrote:Looking at the AIM-260 it has some interesting capabilities it seems. Foremost is the dual seeker, both Radar and Imaging Infra Red. Maybe we should investigate such a thing if the joint project with Japan to improve Meteor gets going?
MBDA have looked at dual IR/Radar seekers for decades now, their most recent look at future weapons includes dual mode AAM's. I wouldn't be surprised if the JNAAM work isn't looking at it in conjunction with an AESA seeker. For Japan countering the J-20 and any future Chinese VLO platforms will be uppermost in their minds.