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  • Inside the ultimate test drive: How British test pilots put Eurofighter Typhoon through its paces

    07/25/2016 10:16:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    BAE SYSTEMS ^ | 10 July 2016
    Inside the ultimate test drive: How British test pilots put the Eurofighter Typhoon through its paces British test pilots from BAE Systems have lifted the lid on how they push the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet to the edge of its limits as part of an ‘ultimate test drive’ before delivering the aircraft to customers including the Royal Air Force. The jet’s power, speed and agility are all brought to the fore as test pilots, based at Warton, Lancashire, take the controls of each Typhoon for the first time – as soon as they roll out from the factory floor to...
  • Eurofighter Approaching True Potential

    07/13/2016 10:35:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 12, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    Development of the Eurofighter Typhoon into a multi-role combat jet has taken a long time. But the aircraft displayed here by BAE Systems test pilot Nat Makepeace shows that this capability is finally nearing. It is carrying six MBDA Brimstone air-to-ground missiles on two three-rail under-wing launchers, plus two Raytheon Paveway IV laser and GPS-guided bombs. In addition, four MBDA Meteor BVRAAMs nestle on under-fuselage stations, and two MBDA ASRAAM shorter-range AAMs occupy the outer pylons. The Paveways are already operational on UK Royal Air Force Typhoons, having been integrated as a ‘Phase 1 Enhancement’ (P1E). The Meteors form part...
  • Eurofighter Fires Storm Shadow In First Live Test

    07/07/2016 10:37:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki ^ | July 07, 2016 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- Three years after initial ground trials began in Italy, a Eurofighter Typhoon trials aircraft has carried out its first live firing of a Storm Shadow cruise missile. “Storm Shadow has been fired from Eurofighter Typhoon and the integration programme is on track,” BAE Systems Senior Communications Advisor – Combat Air Matthew Squires said in a July 6 e-mail. “The functional test referred to in our previous statement was a firing of a Storm Shadow weapon from a development aircraft which took place in June 2016.” He added that “This is the position of Eurofighter and the [Eurofighter Partner...
  • David Cameron boasts of 'brilliant' UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia (EU arms embargo)

    02/25/2016 10:08:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    the guardian, U.K. ^ | 25 February 2016 | Rowena Mason
    David Cameron has boasted of his efforts to help sell “brilliant things” such as Eurofighter Typhoons to Saudi Arabia on the day the European parliament voted for an arms embargo on the country over its bombardment of Yemen. The prime minister talked of the UK government’s role in selling equipment made by defence company BAE Systems to Saudi Arabia, Oman and other countries as he visited the firm’s factory in Preston. At almost the same time, the European parliament voted in favour of an EU-wide ban on arms being sold to Saudi Arabia in protest at its heavy aerial bombing...
  • BAE Eases Order Terms as Crude Clouds Gulf Eurofighter Prospects

    02/22/2016 7:20:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Daily News ^ | February 22, 2016 | Daniel McDonald
    BAE Systems Plc is offering new options for funding defense deals as the low oil price impacts the spending power of clients in the Middle East, clouding sales prospects for weaponry including the Eurofighter warplane. A $1.5 billion bond sale will support BAE’s cash levels over the next two years, providing it with the flexibility to broker deals requiring smaller upfront payments from customers, Chief Financial Officer Peter Lynas said Thursday. While the debt sale in December was “opportunistic” in a cheap market, BAE took the step “recognizing the financing pressures on certain export customers given the ongoing low oil...
  • British Pilots Push Eurofighter Typhoon Upgrades

    01/25/2016 9:41:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN Online ^ | January 25, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    The complete set of weapons planned for the RAF’s Typhoon fleet are displayed on the full-scale model. From left to right: ASRAAM; Brimstone; Storm Shadow; Paveway and Meteor. (Photo: Chris Pocock) British Royal Air Force (RAF) test and evaluation pilots have flown a Eurofighter Typhoon equipped with the Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) software and avionics. The service is keen to ensure that the P2E and follow-on P3E phases of development are completed on time by the end of 2018, so that it can withdraw its last three remaining Tornado strike aircraft squadrons in 2018-19. The RAF will not be replacing...
  • RAF fighters 'bound for Japan for first time in decades' as UK builds military ties

    01/08/2016 4:40:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 08 Jan 2016 | Ben Farmer
    Britain is considering sending fighter jets to Japan for the first time in decades for joint combat exercises in the country, amid heightened tension in the region over China’s territorial claims. The announcement of closer military ties with Tokyo came as the Foreign Secretary said that any attempt to restrict air or sea travel in the disputed South China Sea would be viewed as a "red flag". Philip Hammond said freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, where tensions are high over territorial disputes between China and its neighbours are “non-negotiable” for Britain. Britain will hold at least one...
  • DUBAI: Eurofighter tests six appeal with Marte ER missile fit

    11/09/2015 9:45:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies ^ | November 09, 2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Eurofighter has responded to demand from potential customers to add an anti-ship missile capability to the multi-role Typhoon, by conducting a fit test of a configuration with six of the weapons. An image released by the Eurofighter consortium during the Dubai air show shows an Italian example of the twin-engined combat aircraft loaded with six MBDA Marte ER missiles. Eurofighter Weighing 260kg (572lb), the weapons would be carried and fired with the Typhoon maintaining a subsonic flight envelope, with the fighter also capable of carrying air-to-air missiles at the same time. Eurofighter partner company BAE Systems has previously conducted sub-scale...
  • Lock And Load: NATO Deploys Fully Armed Eurofighters To Russian Borders

    09/21/2015 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Fennie · 20 replies
    Sputnik ^ | September 20, 2015
    NATO continues its military buildup in close vicinity to Russia: for the first time since the inception of the Ukrainian crisis, German Eurofighters are set to patrol the Baltic Airspace with full ammunition. The NATO Baltic air-policing mission has been carried out by its member states since 2004, when Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania acceded to the military bloc. In contrast with September - December 2014, the aircraft will carry enough ammo for a real fight: a gun, infrared short-range missiles, radar-guided medium-range missiles and an electronic defense system with decoys that are ejected at a threat.
  • Kuwait to buy Eurofighters in deal worth 7-8 bln euros - sources

    09/11/2015 10:30:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 11, 2015
    ROME, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Kuwait signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to buy Eurofighter jets in a deal worth up to 8 billion euros ($9 billion), Italian industry sources said. The Eurofighter aircraft are produced by Italy's Finmeccanica, BAE Systems and Airbus . The sources said the 20-year-long deal with Kuwait would be finalised "in a few weeks". The news, first reported on Italian daily Corriere della Sera's web site, drove up Finmeccanica shares by more than 4 percent. The company, which has a 36 percent stake in the Eurofighter programme, could not be immediately reached for comment....
  • Commemorative Battle of Britain Eurofighter Typhoon unveiled

    05/22/2015 8:18:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 May 2015
    A specially painted Eurofighter Typhoon commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain has been unveiled. The jet has been painted in the colours used at the time of the battle, which ran from July to September 1940. It also bears a red devil emblem in honour of the only RAF Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross in the conflict. It was revealed during a ceremony at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF. Their ultimate failure was one of the turning points of the...
  • Saudi Arabia reportedly bought MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missiles for its Typhoon fighter aircraft

    02/04/2015 5:17:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Air Recognition ^ | 03 February 2015
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune. MBDA's Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile fitted on an Eurofighter Typhoon The Meteor missiles...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon jet to get new one billion euro radar

    11/19/2014 7:52:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 19, 2014 | Sarah Young
    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have through their Eurofighter project signed a 1 billion euro (0.83 billion pound) contract to provide their jointly backed Typhoon jet with a new sort of radar, in an effort to secure new orders. The fighter is produced by Eurofighter partner companies BAE Systems (BAES.L), Airbus (AIR.PA) and Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI), and BAE said it signed a contract worth 365 million pounds ($572 million) to integrate the new radar onto the jets. Under the deal signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday the Typhoon jet will in future be available with the "Captor E-Scan radar". The four...
  • Austria Has No Business Flying These High-Performance Fighters

    11/02/2014 8:03:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Nov 2, 2014 | David Axe
    Austria is a tiny, politically neutral country with no nearby enemies. And yet the Austrian air force possesses 15 high-performance Typhoon jet fighters. Not only are the twin-engine, supersonic warplanes arguably unnecessary in light of Vienna’s defense needs—they’re also too expensive for the government’s modest military budget. The 15 Typhoons rarely fly. And when they do, they carry only a tiny fraction of the weaponry that other Typhoon operators—the U.K., Germany, Spain, Italy and Saudi Arabia—routinely hang on the high-tech fighters. And in stark contrast to other countries—which usually employ twice as many pilots as they have fighters, thus ensuring...
  • Royal Air Force Now Flying Their Most Advanced Fighter Jets Ever

    10/17/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Oct 16, 2014
    The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) most advanced fighters ever are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems. Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements to the Typhoon aircraft. Developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defence, (MOD), the capabilities introduced have been developed on the back of operations in Libya, and cement Typhoon’s place as a world class multi-role fighter. The aircraft upgrades include enhanced computing power, weapons systems integration advancements and improved sensor suites...
  • ‘Eurofighter too complex for its missions’ (Pierre Sprey)

    10/02/2014 9:40:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 02, 2014
    Eurofighter Typhoon is large, expensive, relatively unmaneuverable, and hard to maintain to get many sorties per week, Pierre Sprey, designer of the F-16, F-15, and defense analyst, told RT. The German Air Force has uncovered serious manufacturing defects in the fuselage of the Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter jet. The jet is not ready for armed conflict, according to the German Defense Ministry which ordered to reduce annual flying hours for each aircraft due to the fuselage possibly becoming unstable. RT: Defense contractors are reportedly eyeing lucrative contracts now that the military campaign in Iraq and Syria has been launched. Do...
  • Eurofighter has manufacturing fault: Germany

    10/01/2014 6:14:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    (MENAFN - AFP) A manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, Germany said Tuesday, announcing it was suspending deliveries of the sophisticated jets. The news was another blow to the troubled and costly Eurofighter programme -- and raised concerns over the use of the planes. According to Germany's defence ministry, the defect discovered was in the rear fuselage of the twin-engine multirole fighter. As a result, Berlin has decided to cut the time its Eurofighters spend in the air each year in half, from 3,000 hours to 1,500 hours. The news website Spiegel Online reported that, in...
  • These may be the only F-22’s Achilles’ heels in a dogfight against 4th gen fighter jets

    09/30/2014 8:58:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dario Leone
    Considered almost unbeatable in the air-to-air role, the F-22 successfully debuted in combat, taking part in air strikes against ISIS targets. But what if the F-22 found a 4th Gen. opponent? Even though we donÂ’t know much details about them, missions flown by the F-22 Raptor over Syria marked the combat debut of the stealth jet. As already explained, the radar-evading planes conducted air strikes against ISIS ground targets, in what (considering the 5th Generation planeÂ’s capabilities) were probably Swing Role missions: the stealth jets flew ahead of the rest of the strike package to cover the other attack planes,...
  • German fighter jets unable to fly and mechanics forced to borrow spare parts, claims magazine

    08/27/2014 11:23:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Justin Huggler
    A report in Spiegel magazine says German air force is weaker than previously thought and a funding crisis means scores of aircraft are not operational The German air force is facing such a severe funding shortage that many of its aircraft are unable to fly, mechanics are forced to cannibalise parts from existing planes and only eight of the country's 109 Eurofighters are fully operational, according to a report in Spiegel magazine. German defence sources have rubbished the article, saying it is inaccurate and does not match up to official air force logs. But the claim that Germany's air force...
  • German-led European consortium comes up with a cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon (India)

    08/21/2014 10:24:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    India Today ^ | August 21, 2014 | Manu Pubby
    The world's biggest defence deal is in danger of becom-ing one of the slowest in his-tory. More than two years after India zeroed in on the French Rafale fighter jet-after a tor-tured 11-year selection process-to replace its ageing MiG-21s, the Ger-man-led European consortium which was the runner-up in the race has sought to restart the dogfight by offer-ing a new, cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon. The Narendra Modi Government, INDIA TODAY has learnt, is studying the German proposal even as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been nego-tiating with France's Dassault, the maker of the Rafale, to finalise agree-ments to...
  • 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 Ł4.5bn 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 Ł2.5 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 Ł2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman LONDON — British defence giant BAE Systems unveiled on Friday a Ł2.5-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...