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  • Germany asks for Boeing fighter data as weighs order options

    09/29/2017 8:20:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Andrea Shalal | September 29, 2017
    BERLIN • Germany has asked the U.S. military for classified data on two Boeing fighter jets as it looks to replace its aging Tornado warplanes, giving a potential boost to the U.S. company locked in a trade dispute with Canada and Britain. A letter sent by the German defense ministry's planning division, reviewed by Reuters, said it had identified Boeing's F-15 and F/A-18E/F fighters as potential candidates to replace the Tornado jets, which entered service in 1981. Both fighters are made in St. Louis. A classified briefing is expected to take place in mid-November, following a similar briefing provided by...
  • Italian Eurofighter Typhoon Crashes During Terracina Airshow Killing Test Pilot

    09/24/2017 8:07:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 24 2017 | David Cenciotti
    On Sunday Sept. 24, 2017, an Italian Air Force Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon (most probably MM7278/RS-23) belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) has crashed into the sea at Terracina, 76 kilometres south of Rome. Based on the several videos that have already emerged on social media, the pilot Capt. Gabriele Orlandi was unable to /did not recover the aircraft at the end of a looping and didn’t attempt to eject from the jet. Here below you can find a few clips that have been posted on Youtube so far. Many more are being uploaded on Twitter and Instagram as...
  • Qatar to buy 24 Typhoon jets from UK's BAE Systems

    09/17/2017 7:18:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
    DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar’s defense minister has signed a letter of intent to purchase 24 Typhoon jets from British defense group BAE Systems, in a move that could anger other Gulf countries boycotting Doha. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, suspending air and shipping routes with the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, which is home to the region’s biggest U.S. military base. “The letter of intent includes the ministry’s intention to purchase 24 modern Typhoon aircraft with all their equipment,” state news agency QNA reported on Sunday....
  • Airbus calls on France to join European future fighter effort

    06/09/2017 8:34:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | 09 JUNE, 2017 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    A week before the Paris air show, the head of Airbus Defence & Space's military aircraft division has called on France to participate in the development of a new airborne weapon system proposed by Germany and Spain to succeed the Eurofighter Typhoon. "I really hope that France will be involved," says Fernando Alonso, speaking to reporters on 9 June at Airbus media day. "We have to do this in Europe. There's no place to do two or three different systems." The objective of a single European fighter programme first arose 25 years ago, but Germany and France pursued different paths:...
  • Eurofighter delays threaten German NATO contribution: report

    05/11/2017 7:44:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    Delays in adapting the Eurofighter jet for air-to-ground operations could make it impossible for Germany to fulfill its promise to contribute to NATO's rapid reaction force in 2018, a German government report seen by Reuters suggests. Originally developed for air-to-air combat, Airbus's Eurofighter was only later adapted for bombing, the role in which Germany had planned to use it next year in its contribution to the NATO Response Force. Any delay would be a blow to the German armed forces, which are in the middle of an investment program designed to strengthen their ability to play a larger role in...
  • RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet scramble for Romania ...

    04/24/2017 10:02:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 24 April 2017 | RICHARD SPILLETT
    Four RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet set off for Eastern Europe today as tensions with Russia mounted. Theresa May sanctioned the sending of British RAF resources to patrol the skies over the Black Sea alongside local jets to reassure Eastern European countries in the face of increased aggression from Vladimir Putin. The four Typhoons, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron will lead the deployment, which is part of the Nato southern air policing mission. Pilots are using the new Ł250,000 Striker II helmet, which boasts in-built digital night vision that identifies enemy targets by red and yellow...
  • Eurofighter Partners Face Hard Decisions on Production, Damages As Orders Run Out

    10/10/2016 6:19:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | Oct 07, 2016 | Giovanni de Briganti
    Without new orders, EurofighterÂ’s Spanish and German Final Assembly Lines will be the first to close, in 2018, after the delivery of the final aircraft to their national customers; the British line will follow in 2019. (EF Spain) PARIS --- The four Eurofighter partners face major decisions over the next couple of years, as two of their four final assembly lines begin running out of work in 2018, and production of major components faces a two-year suspension until it resumes in 2018 for the aircraft ordered by Kuwait earlier this year. Coping with the end of production will create complex...
  • Germany to Suspend Production of Eurofighter Jets

    10/05/2016 3:25:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 04.10.2016
    After twenty years in service, the Eurofighter aircraft may be temporarily or permanently withdrawn from the German market, German newspaper Die Welt wrote. The final assembly of Eurofighter jets that once were considered a prestige project is likely to be suspended in Germany at least until 2018. The main problem is the lack of contracts and the complexity of the production process. The components of the aircraft are manufactured at four plants in Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain, which makes the production very complicated and expensive. "It resembles a huge puzzle: all right wings are produced in Spain, the left...
  • RAF Typhoons hunt for Russian 'bandits' as Nato protects Baltic skies

    08/28/2016 10:19:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 27 AUGUST 2016 | David Blair
    When the siren sounded, the RAF pilots dashed for the cockpits of their Typhoons. Within minutes, two jet fighters were streaking across a summer sky, their wings laden with air-to-air missiles, searching for unidentified intruders they know as “bandits”. Over the next half hour, Wing Commander Roger Elliott and his wingman would make three separate interceptions of Russian military aircraft. “You do have adrenalin pumping and when you launch, you don’t know what’s out there,” said Wg Cdr Elliott. “But it also makes you feel very satisfied because that is what we’re here to do.” These pilots from II Squadron...
  • 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
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | 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
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 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...