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Eurofighter Typhoon
Type Multirole fighter
Manufacturer Eurofighter GmbH
Introduction 2003
Status Operational
Number built 127 (as of August 2007)
Cost £61.5 million[2]

€88.4 million $122.5 million


Probably the most unnecessary waste of tax payer's money since MDN was recruited. In a cunning attempt to stiffen the Bosche's resolve in the mid 1990s the MOD signed a contract that ensured it was impossible for us to back out (see Question 7). Unfortunately a machine designed to be the World's most advanced air superiority aircraft is so late that there are paper aeroplanes that can outfight it. Fortunately, nobody we want to fight (that we know of yet) has got any fighters... so that's OK!

Needless to say the expense of delivering this white elephant has resulted in the withdrawal of the Sea Harrier - the only British aircraft in living memory to shoot anything down (see Falklands War). At a time when ground attack capability is desperately needed, the Jaguar is also being withdrawn - forcing increasing reliance on an aircraft with the payload of a small pigeon (see Harrier GR7). Don't get me started on the Tornado.

Typhoon also possesses a lump of concrete instead of a cannon, 'cause we couldn't afford one.

ADDENDUM: With regards to the concrete, this would have caused severe centre of gravity problems, as the aircraft was designed for the 27mm Mauser cannon and its ammo. The cost of rectifying the C of G probs is greater than just installing the cannon as planned. So... the cannon will be installed after all, but the MOD won't pay for any ammunition for it!

Should the cannon be needed, no doubt the MOD will issue a UOR (Urgent Operational Requirement) for it, which means they basically stop fucking about, go to the bullet shop and buy some - just at three times the original price. Alternatively the pilot could just squeeze the trigger and shout "BANG!"..... very loudly.

Due to problems with the Lightning and the spams messing around, it seems the Navy may well get some and chuck them off HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales. This will please the crabs as it means they won't get any more deployments on an Exocet target. It will piss off the MOD as it scuppers their purple plans, and all the money spent on Lightning

See also RAF or The Royal Air Force and Procurement decisions.

Specifications

  • General characteristics
    • Crew: 1 (Typhoon F2) or 2 (Typhoon T1)
    • Length: 15.96 m (52 ft 5 in)
    • Wingspan: 10.95 m (35 ft 11 in)
    • Height: 5.28 m (17 ft 4 in)
    • Wing area: 50 m² (540 ft²)
    • Empty weight: 11,000 kg[78] (24,250 lb)
    • Loaded weight: 15,550 kg (34,280 lb)
    • Max takeoff weight: 23,000 kg (51,809 lb)
    • Powerplant: 2× Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan
    • Dry thrust: 60 kN (13,500 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 90 kN (20,250 lbf) each
  • Performance
    • Maximum speed:
    • At altitude: Mach 2
    • At sea level: Mach 1.2 (1,470 km/h, 915 mph)[citation needed]
    • Supercruise: Mach 1.2 (1,470 km/h, 915 mph)
    • Range: 1,390 km (864 mi)
    • Ferry range: 3,790 km (2,300 mi)
    • Service ceiling: 19,812 m (65,000 ft[81])
    • Rate of climb: >315 m/s[82] [83] [84][verification needed] (62,007 ft/min)
    • Wing loading: 311 kg/m² (63.7 lb/ft²)
    • Thrust/weight: 1.18

Armament

  • Gun: 1x 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon
  • Air-to-Air missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-132 ASRAAM, AIM-120 AMRAAM, IRIS-T and in the *future MBDA Meteor
  • Air-to-Ground missiles: AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-88 HARM, ALARM, Storm Shadow (AKA "Scalp EG"), Brimstone, Taurus, Penguin and in the future AGM Armiger
  • Bombs: Paveway 2, Paveway 3, Enhanced Paveway, JDAM, HOPE/HOSBO
  • Laser designator, e.g. LITENING pod

Historical Note

The RAF's enthusiasm for this aircraft resulted from years of inadequately 'fun' aircraft for fighter pilots. Since the demise of the original twin-jet Lightning (co-owner of the 20-minuter title due to endurance) 'Fighter Command' had to suffer the indignity of:

  • The F-4 Phantom - a converted 1960s US Navy fighter/attacker.
  • The Tornado F3 - the ballasted offspring of a 1970s bomber.
  • The Hawk - trainer