Sweden doesn't readily spring to mind when discussing global military powerhouses, but the European nation is far from being a pushover. In fact, the Swedish military—working in conjunction with a cadre of marquee manufacturers and five other European nations—is nearing completion on the world's first and only air-to-air missile that can strike targets on the other side of the horizon.
The MBDA Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile) was initially developed by the UK, though Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Sweden joined the project shortly thereafter. The missiles are designed for use aboard the Eurofighter Typhoon and Gripen C/D and will be used to counter long-range airborne threats well before they threaten the nation's borders.
Each $2.2 million missile measures about 12 feet in length and 7 inches in diameter, weighs 400 pounds, and carries a blast-fragmentation warhead (though details on the the size of the package remain scarce). Its throttle-able ducted rocket (read: ramjet engine) uses a boron-heavy propellant mix to reportedly achieve a threefold increase in its specific impulse (the measure of a rocket's force—propellant consumption per unit of time) and a 300 percent larger no-escape zone than today's best ramjets like America's AGM-168 JAASM.