According to the Wiki page on the Meteor Missile, integration with the F-35 is planned for 2024, so the two should not yet be operational together. Max range is approx 200km… which would be in a head on BVR engagement where the target keeps on straight dumb and happy w/o turning away from the shooter from launch until kill.
The AIM-120C which is currently in service has a max range of approx 105km, and the AIM-120D which is now entering service has a max range of approx 160km. Again these ranges would be for head to head engagement with a non maneuvering target.
Detection range is all dependent upon what other radars are being used, such as AWACS or Aegis ships, that are data linked to the F-35 to enable the fighter to stay in a “radar off” mode, and avoiding broadcasting its location.
The A was developed as a fire and forget replacement for the AIM-7 Sparrow, so that range was sufficient. Not to mention that the AIM-54 Phoenix was still in service for the long range BVR. The D model is closing the gap in the lost range envelope from when the Phoenix was retired with the Tomcat.
@Klaus-Adler Not built it myself as I returned to 1/72 around the time when it came out but any Kittyhawk build will mention them and going by most of their other kits they nearly all have some sort of fit issue even if it’s trying to close access panels that the kit depicts open.
Yep a common issue the brand. They are not Tamiya quality but not the worst either.
Here is a build review from the boxing.
As I recall they had 3 boxings for the B kit and I think things where changed in each later boxings to make the plastic better or at least what I recall when researching to buy a buddy’s kit. I did not buy because I already had the Hasegawa 1/72 kit on hand and didn’t need another F-35 in the stash. Just not a fan of the look.