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  • Eurofighter Describes Multi-Role Capability Status

    07/11/2014 10:40:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | July 11, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    Multi-role functionality has been a long time coming for the Eurofighter Typhoon. But the four-nation industrial consortium building the combat jet says the Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) package that is now entering service represents a “paradigm shift” in capability. The commander of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon force, Air Cmdr. Gary Waterfall, said the new package allows the RAF to drop 500-pound Paveway IV “smart” bombs “at the moment of our choosing, on targets of our choosing, with a multitude of fuse settings, impact angles and arrivals.” Laurie Hilditch, Eurofighter GmbH future capabilities manager, added, “The operator may...
  • Eurofighter: new aerodynamics set for 2014 test flight

    06/25/2014 9:43:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies ^ | 25 June 2014 | DAN THISDELL
    Eurofighter will by year-end make is final proof-of-concept test flight on an aerodynamic modification kit that promises to improve the combat aircraft’s subsonic turn rate by 15%. Adding leading edge root extensions and extended trailing edge flaps, and reshaping the side-of-cockpit ILS antennae covers as 70° delta strakes should improve the aircraft’s agility for close-quarters combat. Laurie Hilditch, head of future capabilities at Eurofighter, says the modification kit should give the aircraft the sort of “knife-fight in a phone box” turning capability enjoyed by rivals such as Boeing’s F/A-18E/F or the Lockheed Martin F-16, without sacrificing the transonic and supersonic...
  • Typhoon starts windtunnel tests with conformal fuel tanks

    04/22/2014 12:32:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight International ^ | CRAIG HOYLE | 04/22/2014
    The Eurofighter Typhoon’s proposed conformal fuel tank (CFT) configuration has entered windtunnel testing in the UK, partner company BAE Systems has revealed. BAE says it is “currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of carrying two fuselage-mounted conformal fuel tanks on the Typhoon aircraft”, using a high-speed windtunnel at its Warton site in Lancashire. “This testing will help to accelerate the clearance process for such tanks to be integrated on to Typhoon, offering increased range and flexibility to the aircraft,” the company adds. BAE Systems A new configuration item for the Tranche 3 production standard Typhoon, the conformal structures would free up...
  • The forgotten father of the Eurofighter Typhoon: the F-104 CCV

    03/10/2014 12:43:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Mar 07 2014 | Dario Leone
    Even if the last F-104 fighter jets in active service were retired by the Italian Air Force on Oct. 31, 2004, the Starfighter legacy survived in a modern combat plane: the Eurofighter Typhoon. Whereas the various G, S, ASA and ASA-M variants never featured it, there was an F-104 example fitted with fly-by-wire controls which flew about thirty years before the Italian Zippers were grounded forever. During the 1970s, Germany understood that future fighters would need to achieve high agility as well as the ability to fly at high angles of attack. These capabilities required an unstable aircraft configuration. In...
  • Germany Canceling Eurofighter Jet Order Narrows Field of Buyers

    02/19/2014 9:23:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 19, 2014 | Andrea Thomas & Doug Cameron
    Europe's Largest Defense Program Looks to Middle East and Asia for Sales The decision by Germany to cancel a multibillion-euro order for Eurofighter Typhoon jets on Wednesday leaves Europe's largest defense program even more reliant on a shrinking band of potential buyers in the Middle East and Asia. Germany had initially pledged to buy up to 250 of the advanced fighters but, like others in the four-nation consortium that funded the jet, has opted to cut orders because of domestic budget pressures. The makers of the Eurofighter, including BAE Systems BA.LN -0.18% PLC, Airbus Group EADSY -0.88% NV DICO.AE -0.42%...
  • BAE agrees pricing on Typhoon deal with Saudi Arabia

    02/19/2014 8:06:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 19 Feb 2014 | Alan Tovey
    Years of uncertainty ends over multi-billion pound sale of fighters to Saudi Arabia in boost to defence giant ahead of annual results BAE has finally agreed a deal over price increases for the sale of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia. The FTSE 100 defence company signed a £4.5bn contract to provide the supersonic fighters to the Middle East nation seven years ago but the sale has faced hurdles over cost, forcing BAE to defer earnings from the so-called "Salam" deal. BAE said on Wednesday that it had agreed "price escalation terms" to the original agreement which had included...
  • Not an upgrade – rebirth (Israeli Kfir fighter)

    01/17/2014 2:39:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 14 January, 2014 | Arie Egozi
    Upgrading military aircraft – fixed wing and rotary – is a common operation performed all over the world. You take an old platform, reinforce the fuselage and wings, install some new systems and it can fly for many more years. But what Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently doing with its old Kfir fighter aircraft is an exception. The Kfir (Lion Cub) fighter is a single-seat multitask fighter built by IAI. The aircraft was first built for the Israeli air force (IAF). The first Kfir was delivered to the IAF in 1975, and entered into service in 1976. The fighter...
  • Eurofighter in lead to sell 28 planes to Kuwait

    01/16/2014 9:32:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Paris — The European Eurofighter consortium has signed a draft agreement to sell 28 of its fighter planes to Kuwait, online French newspaper La Tribune reported on Thursday. Of the 28 outline sales, which are not yet binding, four are covered by options to purchase, the report said. The report, citing various sources, said that Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian group Finmeccanica which is a member of the consortium, had obtained Kuwait's signature on the agreement a few days before Brazil announced that it had chosen to buy Gripen fighter planes made by Swedish company Saab. Brazil chose the...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon flies with Taurus 350 radar-evading cruise missiles

    01/16/2014 9:14:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 16 2014 | David Cenciotti
    On Jan. 15, Airbus Defence and Space started the testing campaign of the Eurofighter Typhoon multirole combat plane with Taurus air-launched stand-off precision missiles. The first flight took place at the Manching Military Air Systems Center, north of Munich, and involved Instrumented Production Aircraft 7 (IPA7), flown by Eurofighter Project Pilot Chris Worning. Taurus KEPD 350 is a German/Swedish missile that is manufactured by Taurus Systems GmbH, a partnership between MBDA Germany and Saab Dynamics. The missile has a range of +500 kilometres (300 mi), a speed of Mach 0.8-0.9 and stealth features. The first flight came after the successful...
  • Blow for Britain and BAE Systems as UAE rules out Eurofighter deal

    12/19/2013 9:59:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 19 Dec 2013 | Alan Tovey
    Britain fails to seal multi-billion pound deal to sell 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters to the United Arab Emirates Defence group BAE's hopes of exporting its Typhoon fighter have been dealt a blow after the United Arab Emirates ended negotiations about buying the jet. The Gulf nation had been in talks over a multi-billion pound deal to buy 60 of the twin-engine supersonic fighters as it looks to upgrade its air force. "The UAE have advised that they have elected not to proceed with these proposals at this time," Britain's biggest defence company said in a statement as the market...
  • Gulf chill over UK fighter sales

    12/13/2013 8:36:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 December 2013 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    • Huge deal to sell Typhoon fighters to UAE in doubt • Implications for other Gulf arms deals after Iran nuclear talks If there were any remaining doubts that arms sales take precedence over human rights or concerns about exacerbating regional tensions, the British government has been unashamedly quashing them. UK prime minister David Cameron and his defence secretary Philip Hammond have been busy trying to persuade the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to buy British Typhoon jets, following the example of Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Saudis, the UK's largest arms customer, have bought 72 Typhoons,...
  • [Infographic] Next-gen Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet takes to the skies

    12/12/2013 12:29:26 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 09 2013 | David Cenciotti
    By David Cenciotti The first Eurofighter Typhoon of the so-called Tranche 3 standard, has started its flight tests at BAE Warton, UK. Tranche 3 is the latest version of the Typhoon which embedded hundreds of modifications to make the combat plane more attractive to current and potential export customers. Even if little has changed from an aesthetic point of view, the aircraft has a number of small panels on the fuselage that are there to accomodate the fitting of CFT (Conformal Fuel Tanks). A new internal structure in the nose secion was designed to accomodate wirings, power, cooling and electronics...
  • Eurofighter flies with Storm Shadow missiles

    11/28/2013 12:16:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flight International ^ | 11/28/2013 | CRAIG HOYLE
    MBDA’s Storm Shadow cruise missile has been flown with a Eurofighter Typhoon for the first time, with the combination having got airborne from Decimomannu air base in Sardinia on 27 November. Two of the roughly 1.3t weapons were carried by the combat aircraft, using hardpoints usually occupied by external fuel tanks. Alenia Aermacchi Performed by Alenia Aermacchi using instrumented production aircraft 2, the first airborne carriage trial marks the latest stage in a process which will clear the more than 250km (460nm)-range weapon for use with the Eurofighter from 2015. The work falls within a Phase 2 enhancement programme being...
  • U.S. battles Eurofighter over Qatar’s tender for 72 jet fighters

    11/19/2013 3:18:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies ^ | November 19th, 2013
    WASHINGTON — The United States is battling to win Qatar’s multi-billion-dollar fighter-jet competition. Industry sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has been lobbying the Gulf Cooperation Council emirate to select a U.S. warplane for Doha’s largest combat air project. The sources said the administration has succeeded in delaying Qatar’s tender, which included proposals from Britain and France. “After Saudi Arabia, the Qatar project will be the biggest aircraft procurement for years to come,” a source said. The sources said Qatar, which established an evaluation panel, was moving slowly in a tender for up to 72 advanced fighter-jets, a...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Path Becoming Clear

    11/18/2013 2:31:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 18, 2013 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The path to a fully multi-role Eurofighter Typhoon is finally becoming clear. At a media briefing here tomorrow (Wednesday), the company hopes to announce the first test flight in Italy of an aircraft carrying the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile. The jet’s full operational clearance to drop smart bombs came recently. Meanwhile one of the prototypes will fly next spring with the Selex AESA radar. Neither the Storm Shadow nor the AESA radar is yet under contract. There have been media reports that Saudi Arabian money is funding these integrations. Laurie Hilditch, Eurofighter capability manager, told AIN here Monday that...
  • Swiss Battle Could Be Euro-Canard Turning Point

    11/14/2013 9:52:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 15, 2013
    First it was Dassault with the Rafale and then it was Eurofighter with the Typhoon that competed for the favor of the UAE Air Force. In Oman, it was the Saab Gripen against the Typhoon. In Qatar, who knows? Around the world, Europe’s three rival fighters have been locked in virtual combat. For Europe this is not necessarily a good situation, but the result of Switzerland’s evaluation of the three–in which it first favored the Rafale and then selected Saab’s Gripen, could prove pivotal in other competitions. “This is a very bad situation,” said the head of the European Defence...
  • German Typhoons to be fully air-to-ground capable in 2017

    10/02/2013 7:19:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets ^ | 29 September 2013 | Gareth Jennings
    German Typhoons to be fully air-to-ground capable in 2017 The German Air Force is expecting to field a fully air-to-ground capable Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft in 2017, a senior military official said in late September. Speaking at the IQPC Close Air Support conference in London, Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Section Head Tactical Reconnaissance, German Air Force, said that aircrew training with the Raytheon GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II 1,000 lb precision-guided bomb will commence in 2014, ahead of an initial operating capability being declared in 2015/16. Full operating capability and NATO assignment of the Typhoon-GBU-48 combination will follow the year after....
  • British Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets nearly clashed with Turkish Air Force F-16s over Cyprus

    09/03/2013 10:43:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 03 2013
    British Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets nearly clashed with Turkish Air Force F-16s over Cyprus According to the Cyprus-based Famagusta Gazette, the RAF Typhoons based at Akrotiri, Cyprus, to provide the air defense of the island following the Syrian crisis, nearly battled with Turkish jets in a close encounter on Sept. 2. It looks like Turkey scrambled two F-16 fighter jets from Incirlik airbase, to intercept the British Typhoons that had allegedly violated the airspace over the occupied part of Cyprus. According to the details collected by the Cypriot media outlet, the UK Ministry of Defence and Cyprus Defence Minister confirmed...
  • Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing

    08/22/2013 4:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Monday 19 August 2013
    Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing Performance of Typhoon jet hailed in its first decade of flying Two of the Royal Air Force’s leading officers have hailed the performance of the Eurofighter Typhoon jet during its first decade of flying and since deliveries were made to the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2003. With the addition of new technology developments over the last 10 years, the aircraft is now the world's only truly ‘swing’ role jet, able to switch from air-to-air to air-to-surface attack capabilities in the same mission. Praise indeed Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer, the RAF’s...
  • Middle East Customers Funding Eurofighter Upgrades

    07/26/2013 2:10:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Chris Pocock
    Middle East Customers Funding Eurofighter Upgrades A briefing on the Eurofighter Typhoon organized by BAE Systems at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford last week provided a further indication that some key upgrades to the combat jet are being funded by Saudi Arabia and possibly Oman. The four original partner nations have proved reluctant to collectively fund in the near term enhancements that extend the aircraft’s air-to-ground capability, such as integration of the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile. The four partners have also so far failed to approve full development of the Captor-E AESA radar by the Euroradar consortium....
  • Eurofighter future exports hinge on advanced radar deal

    06/05/2013 1:59:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 5, 2013 | Brenda Goh
    Eurofighter future exports hinge on advanced radar deal (Reuters) - The four nation-backed Eurofighter Typhoon jet will not receive any more export orders unless Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain formally agree to fund the development of an advanced radar, an executive at one of the jet's manufacturers said. Potential customers for the multi-role Eurofighter, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have demanded that the jets be equipped with so-called E-scan radars instead of the M-scan system the jet is fitted with, said Chris Bushell, the senior vice president of electronic warfare at Selex, the defence electronics unit of Italy's...
  • Here’s how a Typhoon multirole aircraft can hit two targets at the same time

    04/29/2013 4:05:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | April 29, 2013 | David Cenciotti
    Here’s how a Typhoon multirole aircraft can hit two targets at the same time with a single targeting pod The recent article about the Typhoon fighter jet performing first laser guided, self designating, simultaneous guided bomb drops sparked some debate. Although other aircraft are known to have similar capabilities, some readers asked how a combat plane could hit two targets at same time with only a single laser designator of the Litening pod. I asked Andrea Kay, Senior Communications Advisor at BAE Systems, one of the companies of the Eurofighter consortium, to shed some light on the matter. Andrea inquired...
  • BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon

    04/11/2013 1:04:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/11/2013 | Craig Hoyle
    BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon BAE Systems has conducted first windtunnel tests to assess the suitability of integrating Boeing's AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon. An image released by the UK company showing a model of the Typhoon reveals the combat aircraft carrying three of the air-launched weapons. In this configuration, one would be carried on the aircraft's centre-fuselage stores station - ordinarily reserved for an external fuel tank - and two more beneath its wing. BAE Systems BAE says the test activity is intended to assess the aerodynamic characteristics of carrying the Harpoon. "This testing...
  • Typhoon – the best is yet to come

    03/08/2013 1:16:40 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Royal Aeronautical Society ^ | 08/03/2013 | TIM ROBINSON
    Typhoon – the best is yet to come After missing out in India’s MMRCA contest, a combination of private funding, demanding export customers and high-level political backing means Eurofighter Typhoon is now set to unlock its true multi-role potential. TIM ROBINSON reports from BAE Systems in Warton. Artwork of Typhoon equipped with CFTs and Storm Shadow missiles. (Eurofighter) Just over a year ago BAE Systems and its Eurofighter partners faced a bitter blow. India’s high-profile MMRCA fighter contest saw the Typhoon pipped at the post by Rafale. Meanwhile, job cuts in the UK and the high-profile BAE-EADS merger that fell...
  • Spain offers Eurofighters to Peru

    02/04/2013 12:00:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Spain offers Eurofighters to Peru Spain's government has tendered a proposal to its Peruvian counterpart covering the possible sale of 18 Tranche 1 Eurofighter combat aircraft currently in service with its air force. Reportedly valued at €45 million ($61 million) per aircraft, the proposal was submitted at the request of the Peruvian defence ministry. If negotiations go forward, the intention would be to transfer all of the fighters to Peru within one year of a contract signature. The airframes have flown an average of around 600h each, sources suggest. Faced with a looming shortfall in its air defence capabilities, the...
  • India may buy up to 189 French Rafale combat jets

    01/17/2013 5:11:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    India may buy up to 189 French Rafale combat jets PARIS — India could buy up to 189 of the Rafale fighter jets currently being used by France to bomb Islamist militants in Mali, sources close to negotiations on the multi-billion dollar deal have told AFP. The possibility of an additional 63 jets being added to an expected order for 126 was raised by India when Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid visited Paris last week, they said. "There is an option for procurement of an additional 63 aircrafts subsequently for which a separate contract would need to be signed," a source...
  • BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman

    12/21/2012 7:55:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse ^ | 12/22/2012 | Roland Jackson
    BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman LONDON — British defence giant BAE Systems unveiled on Friday a £2.5-billion ($4.1-billion, 3.1-billion-euro) deal to sell 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and eight Hawk trainer planes to Oman. The deal, which will help sustain thousands of jobs in Britain, is the first major order since BAE Systems failed to merge with European aerospace giant EADS earlier this year, but failed to boost shares in the British company. "BAE Systems and the government of the Sultanate of Oman have entered into a contract for the supply of Typhoon and Hawk...
  • U.K. boosts up-armed Typhoon for Mideast

    07/10/2012 6:24:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    U.K. boosts up-armed Typhoon for Mideast DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 9 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled a major sales push for the Eurofighter Typhoon armed with new weapons systems, with the Persian Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Oman as key targets. The Typhoon is built by the German and Spanish arms of European aerospace giant EADS, BAE Systems, Britain's leading defense contractor, and Italy's Finmeccanica. Cameron's decision to throw London's weight behind the Typhoon underlines the growing importance of export sales for major defense companies amid severe cutbacks in military spending by...
  • IN FOCUS: German Eurofighters impress during Red Flag debut

    07/03/2012 8:18:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/03/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: German Eurofighters impress during Red Flag debut  Print By: Dave Majumdar Washington DC 16 hours ago Source: The German air force's Fighter Wing 74 (JG74) brought eight of its ­Eurofighter combat aircraft to a Red Flag-Alaska exercise at Eielson AFB in Alaska ­during June, representing its first ever such deployment. For the Luftwaffe, participation in the war games was needed to certify its Eurofighters for their NATO reaction force participation this November, says Col Andreas Pfeiffer, commander of JG74. The exercise was also aimed at helping to prepare the unit for a NATO force evaluation in March...
  • Lies, false accusations hamper fighter jet program (South Korea)

    06/22/2012 5:31:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 06-22-2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Lies, false accusations hamper fighter jet program By Lee Tae-hoon The country’s fighter jet procurement project is facing a major stumbling block as groundless rumors and false accusations spread fast enough to convince politicians of both the ruling and opposition parties to believe “something is fishy.” The upsetting truth is that few pay attention to the rationale behind the need to introduce advanced new jets and what is behind an intensifying negative campaign mounted by anti-American, anti-Lee Myung-bak administration figures and anonymous sources. As soon as the state-run Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced a plan to reopen the bid...
  • New Radar Technology Brings Advantages for Eurofighter Missions

    03/22/2012 9:26:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Cassidian ^ | March 22, 2012
    Cassidian proves capabilities of a new e-scan radar demonstrated by simulation study 15:48 GMT, March 22, 2012 Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has demonstrated, in a simulation study, the operational advantages of the Eurofighter’s future e-scan radar and has introduced the first pilots to the particular features of this technology. The two-year study was carried out under contract to the military procurement office, which is the Bundeswehr’s Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use (BAAINBw), in cooperation with IABG GmbH in Munich/Ottobrunn. For several years, IABG has been operating a man-in-the-loop simulator (MILSIM) to simulate realistic...
  • British business pins Gulf hopes on mega fighter jet deal

    03/20/2012 8:25:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 | Carina Kamel
    British business pins Gulf hopes on mega fighter jet deal Wednesday, 21 March 2012 By Carina Kamel Al Arabiya / London As the British defence sector prepares to submit what could be one of the most significant deals in defence contracting with the UAE Air force, the British government is stepping up efforts to court its Gulf partners. Al Arabiya was granted exclusive access to a private meeting of more than 50 British CEOs and executives from leading companies, including defence contracting giant BAE Systems, where the UK’s Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Stephen Green, made the...
  • Turbulence ahead with Indian jet deal

    02/04/2012 8:18:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 04 Feb 2012 | Andrew Gilligan
    Turbulence ahead with Indian jet deal The Indians, stormed “senior government sources,” had gone for the “Asda option instead of Waitrose”. By preferring the French Rafale jet rather than the British-built Typhoon, they rejected, according to the Prime Minister, a “superb aircraft with far better capabilities”. How dare they, asked MPs, snub Britain, which had given them £1.2 billion in aid? One newspaper even blamed the decision on the Gandhi family. The truth about Britain’s “failure” to land the £6.3 billion Indian military jet deal — and the thousands of jobs it will sustain - is different. The game is...
  • Rafale wins Indian MMRCA competition

    01/31/2012 4:06:20 AM PST · by IndianChief · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Times of India ^ | 31 Jan 2012 | Times of India
    A scroll on the home page of the Times of India says that the French Rafale has beaten the Eurofighter for the 126 (and prolly many more) plane MMRCA deal.
  • Oman requests Typhoon buy from BAE

    01/23/2012 7:31:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/23/2012 | Craig Hoyle
    Oman requests Typhoon buy from BAE By: Craig Hoyle Oman has issued a request for proposals to BAE Systems linked to the purchase of about 12 Eurofighter Typhoons, only one month after its plan to also buy a new batch of Lockheed Martin F-16s was revealed. In a statement issued on 23 January, the UK government said it "welcomes the government of Oman's request for a proposal from BAE Systems for the supply and support of Typhoon aircraft". The milestone represents "an important step towards the contract", it added. © BAE Systems The UK and Omani governments have been involved...
  • Saudi Typhoon storms ahead

    01/23/2012 7:25:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 23 January 2012 | Jon Lake
    Saudi Typhoon storms ahead Posted 23 January 2012 Saudi Arabia has faced challenges introducing the Eurofighter Typhoon into service, not least in establishing local production – which has yet to start. But, as Jon Lake reports, despite this the Royal Saudi Air Force is pushing hard to adopt new capabilities and is believed to have been driving the pace of the development of new air-to-ground capabilities for the tranche 2 aeroplane. Many analysts believe that the pace of development for the phase 1 enhanced (P1E) programme of the Saudi Arabian Typhoons has been more rapid than might have been expected...
  • UKIP: 'UK must build naval Typhoon'

    01/19/2012 11:19:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies ^ | 19 January 2012
    UKIP: 'UK must build naval Typhoon' 19 January 2012 The UK should cancel the purchase of the F-35C and invest in developing a naval variant of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has said. Lord Alexander Hesketh, UKIP's defence spokesman and former executive deputy chairman of Babcock International Group, said that adopting a naval Typhoon would allow the UK to restore carrier strike capability on its Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers before 2020 while saving money and protecting UK jobs. UKIP estimates suggest it would cost £1.4bn to develop a naval typhoon, with unit costs of around £80m....
  • Britain must continue giving aid to India to secure £6.6bn fighter jet deal, says minister

    12/17/2011 6:42:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 December 2011 | Andrew Buncome
    Britain must continue giving aid to India to secure £6.6bn fighter jet deal, says minister The Government's controversial decision to continue giving money to India, a nation that has more billionaires than the UK and an aid programme of its own, is directly linked to developing trade and investment opportunities, a senior minister admitted yesterday. With surprising bluntness, the International Development minister, Andrew Mitchell, said the decision to spend £1.2bn over the next five years was part of a broader partnership that included the hoped-for sale of fighter jets to India. "It's an important market, and for our children and...
  • Omani F-16 win delivers blow for Eurofighter

    12/14/2011 7:29:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flight International ^ | 12/15/2011 | Craig Hoyle
    Omani F-16 win delivers blow for Eurofighter By: Craig Hoyle London Oman has placed a surprise follow-on order with Lockheed Martin for a second batch of 12 F-16C/D Block 50 fighters, with the development appearing to have ended the UK's hopes of selling Eurofighter Typhoons to the nation. Announcing the deal in a 14 December contract notification, the US Department of Defense said Muscat will acquire 10 single-seat fighters and a pair of two-seat trainers under a deal worth $600 million. These will join eight and four of the respective types already in service with the Royal Air Force of...
  • “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says

    12/12/2011 3:36:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 5, 2011 | David Cenciotti
    “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says December 5, 2011 “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 Hornet”. This alleged Australian exchange pilot’s statement is one of the most interesting outcomes (and marketing slogans) of BERSAMA LIMA 11 an exercise marking the 40th Anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement (FPDA) the only multilateral defence agreement in South East Asia with an operational element commitment undertaken by five nations (UK, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia) to consult in the event of an...
  • Swiss opt for Saab's Gripen fighter jets - paper

    11/30/2011 7:07:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 30, 2011 | Caroline Copley
    RPT-Swiss opt for Saab's Gripen fighter jets - paper (Repeats to additional subscribers) ZURICH Nov 30 (Reuters) - Switzerland has chosen to replace its fighter jet fleet with Swedish defence and aerospace group Saab's JAS-39 Gripen, Swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources close to the government. Neutral Switzerland has wrangled for the past three years over whether to replace its ageing Northrop F-5E/F Tiger fighters, purchased in 1976 and 1981, with up to 33 new aircraft. Saab shares were up 8.5 percent to 117.10 Swedish crowns by 1345 GMT after the newspaper report. The newspaper said the...
  • Eurofighter best option for Japan's ASDF

    11/26/2011 9:33:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | Nov. 24, 2011 | David Warren
    Eurofighter best option for Japan's ASDF David Warren / Special to The Yomiuri Shimbun The international security environment is evolving. Particularly in terms of air defence, new technology is constantly being developed, including fifth generation fighter aircraft with high stealth performance that prevents targets from being detected easily by a radar. The Japanese Air Self-Defence Force, therefore, needs to take measures to ensure it can meet any challenge in the future. Which aircraft to select as a successor of ASDF's F-4 fighter aircraft that has become obsolete will be a critical decision for Japan's air defence for the next 20...
  • #DXB11: Certain victory for Rafale turns uncertain

    11/13/2011 9:17:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | November 13, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    #DXB11: Certain victory for Rafale turns uncertain So much for the rampant rumours (well, rampant throughout France anyway) that the UAE's long-delayed fighter contract was a done-deal for the Rafale. Everything we know about the United Arab Emirates fighter modernisation plans have turned upside down within the first 24h of the Dubai Air Show. Quick summary: Dassault Rafale still in, Saab Gripen still out, Eurofighter Typhoon made a surprise entrance, Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 60 is now lurking and Boeing throws F-15 Silent Eagle into the mix. And the UAE Air Force, meanwhile, confirmed it wants to buy a "next...
  • DUBAI: UAE issues shock Eurofighter Typhoon request

    11/12/2011 7:45:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 11/12/2011 | Craig Hoyle
    DUBAI: UAE issues shock Eurofighter Typhoon request By: Craig Hoyle Dubai France’s long-running campaign to sell up to 60 Dassault Rafales to the United Arab Emirates faces a shock last-minute challenge, with the Eurofighter consortium having been asked to submit a proposal based on its Typhoon combat aircraft. News of the development broke on the eve of the Dubai air show, where both types are scheduled to take part in the daily flying display. Sources have confirmed that the UK provided a formal briefing about the Typhoon to UAE officials on 17 October, after being asked to explore how it...
  • India opens bids for combat planes

    11/04/2011 8:15:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies ^ | Nov 5 2011 | Aman Malik, Elizabeth Roche & Tarun Shukla
    India opens bids for combat planes India on Friday opened the commercial bids for the proposed deal to acquire 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft for the IAF Aman Malik, Elizabeth Roche & Tarun Shukla New Delhi: India on Friday opened the commercial bids for the proposed deal to acquire 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), but didn’t announce which vendor was lower on unit costs. Six vendors—Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. of the US, RSK MiG of Russia, Dassault Aviation SA of France, Saab AB of Sweden and European Aeronautic Defence and Space...
  • “Omnirole” Rafale Steals Lead Over Eurofighter Typhoon in Libyan Operations

    11/01/2011 8:10:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies ^ | Nov 1, 2011
    “Omnirole” Rafale Steals Lead Over Eurofighter Typhoon in Libyan Operations Our Bureau Tue, Nov 1, 2011 07:34 CET While NATO forces fielded the Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the UN-mandated war against Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, details emerging from briefings by the U.K. and French air forces about the use of their respective fighters tell that the Rafale was the primary attack plane while the Eurofighter Typhoon provided intelligence through its targeting pods. With the Libyan hostilities over, the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon face off one another in an estimated $11 billion tender for India’s Medium Multirole...
  • Eurofighter forecasts new Brazil-Turkey fighter in 2025

    10/21/2011 7:55:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Flight Global ^ | October 21, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    Eurofighter forecasts new Brazil-Turkey fighter in 2025 As part of its KF-X presentation at the Seoul Air Show on 21 October, Eurofighter representative Cassidian displayed a fascinating chart with a fighter market forecast. Click on the chart to download a high-resolution version. There are some questionable assertions, as one might expect of a manufacturer-driven forecast. Eurofighter, of course, predicts the Dassault Rafale loses in the United Arab Emirates and India. The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet production line joins the Lockheed Martin F-22 and Boeing F-15E in the history books by 2017, according to Eurofighter. Interestingly, Eurofighter accepts that all 3,100...
  • UPDATE 2-Germany wants to cut defence orders

    10/18/2011 11:41:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Sabine Siebold
    UPDATE 2-Germany wants to cut defence orders Tue, Oct 18 2011 By Sabine Siebold BERLIN, Oct 18 (Reuters) - German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere plans deep cuts to Germany's military orders as part of sweeping reforms to the Bundeswehr, including a reduction in the order for Eurofighter jets, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters. The note from De Maiziere to parliament's defence committee details plans to cut by 37 to 140 the order for Eurofigher aircraft, to reduce an order for Puma tanks to 350 from 410 and to slash an order for Tiger combat helicopters to...
  • Eurojet offers Korea chance to join consortium

    10/14/2011 8:24:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Korea Times ^ | 10-14-2011 | Jung Sung-ki
    Eurojet offers Korea chance to join consortium By Jung Sung-ki Korea has a chance to join a European military engine consortium for joint manufacturing, development and marketing. The offer is conditional to the country deciding to power its new-generation aircraft with a European engine, according to a key executive from Eurojet Turbo GmbH. Eurojet is a four-nation military aerospace engine consortium involving the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Germany. The consortium has already secured orders of 1,500 EJ200 engines internationally and expects hundreds more, according to Paul Herrmann, Eurojet’s vice president-sales, as India and other nations are considering buying Eurofighter...
  • Carrying hopes of so many (Eurofighter)

    09/29/2011 8:27:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies ^ | 29 September 2011
    Carrying hopes of so many BAE's mighty Eurofighter Typhoon - built and developed on the Fylde Coast Published on Thursday 29 September 2011 14:10 IN April 1994, workers watched with pride as the Typhoon -– then still called Eurofighter – took off from the Warton airfield for its maiden flight in the UK. All those present knew the significance of the occasion. For riding on the plane’s success were the jobs of thousands of people. Since then, 108 of the aircraft have rolled off the Warton production line, and they have seen active service, including most recently in Libya. The...