Eurofighter Typhoon

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Unread post10 Jan 2020, 00:04

If the Germans don't order it on their new ones AMK is dead as it was their development.
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Unread post10 Jan 2020, 14:35

With Captor E-Scan radar and several new additions to the weapon system, this variant will put the Kuwait Air Force at the front-line of the fighter technology when the aircraft will enter into service with the State of Kuwait in 2020.


Didn't know that fielding an AESA later than the US, Japan, France, Israel and China makes a fighter front-line tech. Russian avionics are apparently the benchmark in Eurofighter PR department.
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Unread post17 Jan 2020, 17:36

Deliveries to Eurofighter partner nations near conclusion

https://www.janes.com/article/93771/del ... conclusion

The programme-of-record (PoR) for the four Eurofighter partner nations will shortly be concluded, with the final two air forces set to receive their last aircraft imminently, a company spokesperson told Jane’s on 17 January.

With the United Kingdom and Germany having received their final Tranche 3 Eurofighters in September and December 2019 respectively, handover of Spain’s last aircraft “is now in process”, while Italy’s “is having its final screws tightened”, the representative said.

Excluding the Tranche 3B lot, which was not taken up by the nations, the PoR stands at 160 aircraft for the UK, 143 for Germany, 96 for Italy, and 73 for Spain. Added to these are export orders amounting to 15 aircraft for Austria, 28 for Kuwait, 12 for Oman, 72 for Saudi Arabia, and 24 for Qatar. In total, 623 have been ordered.

While the partner PoR is concluding, deliveries to Kuwait and Qatar have yet to commence. As such, the national production lines at Warton in the UK, Manching in Germany, Italy in Caselle, and Spain in Getafe will continue to manufacture parts for these customers, with final assembly taking place at Warton for Qatar and at Caselle for Kuwait.

Further to these final current orders, Germany is expected to sign for 38 new-build Tranche 3 Eurofighters to replace its 32 early Tranche 1 aircraft. Project Quadriga will see the Luftwaffe receive active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar-equipped Eurofighters (while Airbus previously referred to these as Tranche 3 jets, lately officials have termed them Tranche 4).

Following on from Project Quadriga, Germany has a Tornado replacement requirement that, if successful, could see Eurofighter provide an additional 85 aircraft to the Luftwaffe. Also, Germany has made an electronic attack commitment to NATO, known as the Luftgestützte Wirkung im Elektromagnetischen Spektrum (luWES) programme, which could add another 12 aircraft on top.
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Unread post17 Jan 2020, 22:08

I hope Germany is smarter then to buy extra Tiffy's.

Unless, the need paperweights. :-)
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Unread post18 Jan 2020, 00:21

France insists, anything but the F-35 ;).
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Unread post01 Feb 2020, 06:30

Spain receives first upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter

https://www.janes.com/article/86847/spa ... urofighter

The Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español [EdAE]) has received the first of 15 upgraded Tranche 1 (T1) Eurofighter combat aircraft from Airbus, the company announced on 25 February 2019.

The single-seat aircraft (serial SS003) was re-delivered to the EdAE from Airbus' Getafe facility near Madrid following the introduction of hardware modifications, which support the Operational Flight Program 02 (OFP-02) upgrade plan developed by Spain's Armament and Experimental Logistics Centre (CLAEX).

As noted by Airbus, as part of the upgrade T2 and T3 equipment was fitted to the T1 aircraft, including a computer symbol generator, a digital video and voice recorder, a laser designator pod, and a maintenance data panel.

This first single-seat Eurofighter, along with a two-seat aircraft currently undergoing the upgrade, will be used initially by CLAEX as test platforms for the qualification of these new capabilities that will be implemented on the EdAE's T1 Eurofighters.

The Eurofighter T1 upgrade is part of a wider modernisation plan for the EdAE's combat fleet that is called Road Map 2035++. Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter Conference in Berlin in late 2018, Brigadier General Leon-Antonio Machés Michavila noted that this roadmap plans to take Eurofighter T1+ capability upgrades out to the early 2030s for an out-of-service date (OSD) of about 2040. For the T2/3 Eurofighters, Spain plans a mid-life upgrade (MLU) to be developed from 2021 and to run through to 2032, for an OSD beyond 2045. Alongside these Eurofighter plans, the Road Map 2035++ also includes the Boeing EF-18 Hornet, which has an OSD planned for about 2032.

Running concurrent to its upgrade plans, Spain has joined the Franco-German effort to develop a Next-Generation Fighter (NGF) as part of a wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS). A release of a common operational document is expected in about 2020.


From last year but notable in that this is the only Tranche 1 upgrade ever attempted.
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Unread post12 May 2020, 11:02

https://hushkit.net/2019/11/11/flying-f ... t-veteran/

Typhoon vs Rafale
Pierre-Henri ‘Até’ Chuet wrote:“I don’t know why they’re compared so often – it’s really not the same design, ideas or philosophy. We’re a truly omnirole platform. Typhoons are great, they like to use their big engines at 40,000 feet. I can’t count how many times I’ve shot down Typhoons at 45,000 feet in the contrails. And my radar off, everything off, I was coming from 100 feet below, supersonic in the climb from below. Absolutely undetected. So I have absolutely no fear of the Typhoons. Both the tactics used by the Typhoons, the agility and the cockpit of the aircraft make it easier for us to take the advantage — basically we have better fusion of the sensors — so we can be way more aggressive in terms of tactics. It’s a great aircraft at high level, but we’re not dumb enough to try to fight Typhoons at 50,000 feet or 45,000 feet. We’re going to put them outside their comfort zone. Against devious tactics. Now if you want to rate a Typhoon with AMRAAMs against a Rafale at 50,000 ft, then, yeah, Typhoon is going to have better performances for sure. But as a Rafale pilot, I’m stupid if I take him on like that, so I’m going to move the combat a bit. I’ll fake a combat at 50,000 feet and I’m going to send a guy sneakily low level to surprise the Typhoon, it’s more easy than you think!”


“The F-16 is pretty cool. Typhoon is a joke, very easy to shoot. F-16 actually was a good surprise actually, I found it to be a pretty good aircraft.
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Unread post03 Jun 2020, 07:34

Eurofighter flight trials continue with E-SCAN radar
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/eurofig ... can-radar/

...ISPA 6 is one of the three EF Typhoon test aircraft equipped with the Electronic Scan Radar made by the EuroRadar Consortium, led by Leonardo UK in Edinburgh, and it’s currently allocated to the EF/NETMA P3Eb (Eurofighter Consortium/NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency – Phase 3 Enhancements Package b) development programme to perform E-SCAN Entry Into Service flight tests and provide final clearance to the Kuwait customer....
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Unread post18 Jun 2020, 02:31

The July 2020 issue of Air International has an article "Typhoon eyes the future" about future upgrades of the Typhoon. It is good to get the information in one place. Here is a summary.

1. The UK Project Centurion (Meteor, Brimstone, Storm Shadow) is being copied or integrated by other partner countries. For example, Germany might instead add JDAM bombs and Taurus cruise missiles.

2. Germany will order Mk1 AESA radars, like Kuwait has (the German order was approved in a parliamentary committee today).
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germ ... SKBN23O2HB

3. Spain might get the same Mk1 AESA radar for its 18 Tranche 3 jets.

4. The German replacement for Tranche 1 jets, now called Tranche 4 or Quadriga, will be the basis for the proposal for Switzerland to buy Eurofighters. A joint purchase between Germany and Switzerland is possible.

5. The UK is developing a Mk 2 AESA radar, which will be part of the offer to Finland from BAe. The Mk2 radar would be installed on only the 40 UK Tranche 3 jets.

6. The UK wants a new helmet, Striker II, which works at night without night vision goggles.

7. There is an ongoing Long Term Evolution study by the four partner nations. Possible Long Term Evolution changes include upgrades to the engine, the Praetorian Defensive Aids Sub System, and the controls / pilot interface. There is also the possibility of adding an Aerodynamic Modification Kit, which among other things could double the number of air-to-air missiles that could be carried.

8. The next UK upgrade package is Project Janus, which aims to "further refine the HMI [Human, Machine Interface], DASS [Defensive Aids Sub System], add Litening 5 [targeting pod] and improve the IFF." This is more of a 2025 timeframe, compared to the farther out LTE, and presumably would be part of the Finnish offer.

9. More speculatively, Spain might also order new Eurofighters to replace its non-super Hornets. The various German programs to order more Eurofighters (replacing German Tranche 1 jets and Tornados) makes Spain ordering more more likely.

10. Finally, although not part of the article, there are news stories about Egypt ordering 24 Eurofighters from Italy as part of a bigger arms deal involving ships.
http://alert5.com/2020/06/02/la-republi ... 24-m-346s/
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Unread post18 Jun 2020, 11:21

All that and AMK is still just a possibility.
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Unread post18 Jun 2020, 16:42

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:All that and AMK is still just a possibility.


Since it is part of the LTE study, it probably needs buy in from more than one of the partner nations.
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Unread post01 Jul 2020, 06:56

Some EF2000 news:

Airbus signs contract for integration of 115 new Eurofighter ESCAN radars
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/airbus- ... an-radars/

Airbus has been awarded a contract for the development, supply and integration of 115 Eurofighter ESCAN Radars for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleet.


The Brits are going with their separate "superior" E-Scan model, so not part of this contract, but there are some Typhoon news too:

UK-Qatari joint Typhoon squadron commences flying
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-qata ... es-flying/

With deliveries commencing in 2022, the aircraft are part of a £5.1 billion deal between BAE Systems and the Government of Qatar. The flags of both nations were raised at RAF Coningsby this week as Typhoons with new Squadron markings flew for the first time, signalling the Squadron’s readiness to train pilots and ground crew from both air forces.

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No. 12 Squadron is the first Joint Squadron in the RAF since the Battle of Britain in the Second World War.


RAF presser: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-q ... t-squadron

There have also recently been some unsourced claims about Egypt considering Eurofighters (from Italy). I secretly want to see them come true, as well as the alleged Su-35 deal, so that Egyptian Air Force can truly become the zoo of modern fighters.
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Unread post01 Jul 2020, 07:01

hythelday wrote:
There have also recently been some unsourced claims about Egypt considering Eurofighters (from Italy). I secretly want to see them come true, as well as the alleged Su-35 deal, so that Egyptian Air Force can truly become the zoo of modern fighters.



Hardly, matters as none of them. Are going to be much help against Israeli F-35I Adirs! :twisted:
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Unread post01 Jul 2020, 15:59

hythelday wrote:Some EF2000 news:

Airbus signs contract for integration of 115 new Eurofighter ESCAN radars
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/airbus- ... an-radars/

Airbus has been awarded a contract for the development, supply and integration of 115 Eurofighter ESCAN Radars for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleet.


The Brits are going with their separate "superior" E-Scan model, so not part of this contract, but there are some Typhoon news too:

UK-Qatari joint Typhoon squadron commences flying
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-qata ... es-flying/

With deliveries commencing in 2022, the aircraft are part of a £5.1 billion deal between BAE Systems and the Government of Qatar. The flags of both nations were raised at RAF Coningsby this week as Typhoons with new Squadron markings flew for the first time, signalling the Squadron’s readiness to train pilots and ground crew from both air forces.

[...]

No. 12 Squadron is the first Joint Squadron in the RAF since the Battle of Britain in the Second World War.


RAF presser: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-q ... t-squadron

There have also recently been some unsourced claims about Egypt considering Eurofighters (from Italy). I secretly want to see them come true, as well as the alleged Su-35 deal, so that Egyptian Air Force can truly become the zoo of modern fighters.


Egypt vs. Quatar would be interesting, LOL

Typhoons, Rafales, F-15QA, Mirage 2000, F-16's, Mig-21's, 29's, Mig-35, SU-35 etc all mixing it up. It's a shame Egypt doesn't still fly Foxbats :). I'd think the Israeli's would have a field day "watching' events unfold in its F-35's...
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