Originally Posted by jasonfreeland
Have you seen any reliable range information on the Meteor? What little I have been able to come up with is similar to the limited info on the AIM-120D.
Difficult to get reliable range data on any contemporary AAM TBH. Hunch says Meteor might be longer legged or at least have better endgame performance due to that throttleable ramjet.
Would be speculating pretty wildly to say much more than that. The quoted max ranges are generally meaningless - it's the size of the No Escape Zone (NEZ) that is more informative, but that info isn't publically available for either missile.
My best guess
would be that the fun starts at around 20-30nm for either missile against a fighter type target with a head on aspect, comparable airspeed (say, high subsonic) and altitude (say ~30k feet). You'd get more juice out of a faster and higher launch of course, and could shoot from further again if the target was a fat lumbering ISR asset.
VERY ballpark figures from me though I must stress. I have no doubt there are others on the forum with pertinent experience, but as they say "those that talk don't know and those that know can't talk" haha.