gennithmedic said:Bullshoot to disguise fact that typhoo is a white elephant. Laughed when I saw the Blowpipe being deployed tho!
Will typhoon have a gun? Any weapon which sounds like God farting gets my vote
Typhoon wins gun dogfight
By Neil Tweedie
Last Updated: 1:35am BST 03/10/2006
The RAF has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn on its policy of not allowing pilots of the new Eurofighter Typhoon to fire their gun.
The service has decided to issue ammunition to future Typhoon squadrons and train pilots in using the fighter's single German-made 27mm Mauser cannon, reversing its cost-cutting edict.
The decision follows experience in Afghanistan showing that guns are still one of the most effective weapons when supporting ground troops.
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In a scathing e-mail, a Parachute Regiment major commanding an isolated outpost described air support from RAF Harriers, which have no guns and rely on rockets, as "utterly, utterly useless".
He contrasted their performance with the support offered by US air force A10 aircraft, which are equipped with a 27mm rotary cannon.
At a conference last week, Air Vice-Marshal David Walker, the officer commanding No 1 Group, which includes the Harrier and the newly-forming Typhoon squadrons, said he had decided to proceed with the Typhoon gun, buying ammunition, spares and maintenance equipment.
Seven years ago, the ministry decided to dispense with the gun on all but the first 55 of the 232 Typhoons planned for RAF service, in contrast to the other nations in the Eurofighter consortium, which kept it on all ordered aircraft.
The experts argued that Typhoon did not need anything as crude as a gun. The plan would have saved the taxpayer about £90 million.
But Typhoon is designed to such fine specifications that the loss of the gun created a weight imbalance and it was finally realised that the cheaper and easier option would be to fit a real cannon.