Air International 2023-06
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J.Lake - Making today's Typhoon fit for tomorrow
Frustrated in its attempts to acquire the F-35 and new-build F-16V, Turkey is a potential customer for the Typhoon, which it has seen ‘close up’ during a number of deployments and exercises
Stand up of the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s first Typhoon unit (7 Squadron) has been rapid, thanks in part to the innovative partnering arrangement with the RAF, which saw QEAF pilots trained in a joint QEAF/RAF unit, No.12 Squadron
The ‘fourth generation’ label does not do the Eurofighter Typhoon justice, and ongoing modernisation efforts will render the term even less relevant. Superb sensors, weapons and a class-leading man/machine interface complement an unmatched kinematic performance
One of the last Typhoons nears the completion of the final assembly at Warton. Ongoing modernisation and upgrade efforts could yet unlock further export sales, keeping this economically vital facility busy until the onset of GCAP/Tempest production work
This Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA7 98+07) has been vital in the effort to improve, upgrade and modernise the Eurofighter Typhoon. It received this blue and white scheme (representing the Bavarian flag) to celebrate 60 years of Airbus at Manching in 2022
Typhoon will provide complementary functional capabilities to the new Tempest and will operate as part of the same system of systems, bringing its sensors and weapons to the fight
Leonardo’s ECRS.Mk 2 is the ‘Carlsberg’ of fighter radars, with its repositioner giving an unparalleled field of regard while also promising advanced electronic attack capabilities. The first test set used an antenna based on the radar developed under the Bright Adder technology demonstrator
Synthetic training is increasingly vital for BAE Systems and a crucial element in helping operators train Typhoon pilots. Security concerns make it increasingly difficult to conduct many aspects of training ‘in the open’, where enemy satellites and SIGINT might gain too good an idea of tactics, weapons capabilities, and sensor ranges
BAE Systems Test Pilot Andrew Mallery-Blythe demonstrates the new Typhoon Large Area Display (LAD). Additional High-Intensity Panels are mounted on each side of the main display
The Typhoon also forms a vital element in the Franco-German-Spanish FCAS system of systems
Eurofighter Typhoon modernisation programmes will mean the label of a ‘fourth-generation fighter’ will become irrelevant in the years ahead as this platform becomes ever more capable
Typhoon will remain at the heart of Airbus’ defence offerings for many years to come
The ECRS Mk 2 radar will transform Eurofighter Typhoon’s control of the air, bringing a world-leading electronic warfare capability which will allow the aircraft to simultaneously detect, identify and track multiple targets in the air and on the ground
The Aero Modification Kit adds new strakes and reconfigures the trailing edge flaps, and will give improved high Alpha capabilities and handling, while also allowing the carriage of more asymmetric loads and heavier weapons on outboard stores stations
While the UK approach to electronic attack is focused on the new ECRS Mk 2 radar, Germany intends to emphasis the use of podded jammers