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News story: RAF Typhoons to get weapons upgrade

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Ministry of Defence said:
The announcement of the upgrade comes after an agreement was signed today, 18 June, by industry and the 4 Eurofighter nations.
During a short ceremony at the Paris Air Show, defence ministers from the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain witnessed a contract being signed between Eurofighter and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency that will see the missile system integrated onto the aircraft.
The Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, manufactured by MBDA, is a highly-advanced long-range weapon that can be used against a range of targets. The missile will complement the missile systems already in use on the aircraft, giving pilots a greater choice of weapons depending on their mission objectives.
[h=4]Video footage of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile being successfully launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon for the first time. Copyright BAE Systems.[/h] The Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile being successfully launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon for the first time. Copyright BAE Systems.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne, who attended the signing ceremony on behalf of the UK, said:
This is a further exciting step in the planned upgrade programme for this impressive aircraft. The entire programme is a powerful example of European government and industry collaboration in both missile technology and combat air weapon system development.
Meteor will provide the RAF with a world-leading air-to-air weapons capability and improve prospects for export of the Meteor missile and the Typhoon weapon system.

An RAF 17 Squadron Typhoon with Meteor missiles attached (stock image) [Picture: Copyright BAE Systems Warton]Typhoon is already delivering air defence for the UK and the Falkland Islands, and its ground attack capabilities were instrumental in allied operations over Libya. The RAF took delivery of its hundredth Typhoon aircraft earlier this year.
Over the next 10 years, MOD is to spend £18 billion on Typhoon and the Lightning II F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, 2 of the world’s most modern and capable multi-role aircraft, which will deliver the UK’s combat air capability.



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Boring. Why cant they have big **** off autocannons, miniguns and unwieldy artillery pieces strapped to them?
The Americans already provide that facility, although they do use inferior rifles.



More to the point, can this new missile be used against ships. If not the Typhoons in the Falklands may be reduced to using strong language on Channel 16 if the Argentinian Navy ever gets enough cash together to get out of harbour.
 
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More to the point, can this new missile be used against ships. If not the Typhoons in the Falklands may be reduced to using strong language on Channel 16 if the Argentinian Navy ever gets enough cash together to get out of harbour.
Well, according to the caption above, Typhoon's "ground attack capabilities were instrumental in allied operations over Libya"... so which tunes were we playing there, then?
 
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Well, according to the caption above, Typhoon's "ground attack capabilities were instrumental in allied operations over Libya"... so which tunes were we playing there, then?
They used Paveway II 1000lb laser-guided bombs, not missiles.

LIBYA: RAF Typhoon hits fresh target, with help from Tornado

RAF Typhoon Dropping Paveway Bomb | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Brimstone missiles (as well as bombs) were used by Tornados:

UK MoD close to ordering Brimstone missiles from MBDA - Airforce Technology

Brimstone can be used against a variety of targets including ships. AFAIK there are plans to integrate it with Typhoon.
 
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The Americans already provide that facility, although they do use inferior rifles.


More to the point, can this new missile be used against ships. If not the Typhoons in the Falklands may be reduced to using strong language on Channel 16 if the Argentinian Navy ever gets enough cash together to get out of harbour.
No it's an air-to-air missile.
 
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No it's an air-to-air missile.
I read that Harpoon is in the early stages of integration with Typhoon - wind tunnel tests to see if the missile is aerodynamically compatible with the aircraft. What happens if Argentina's elite scrap merchants are sent in again before Harpoon is available to the RAF? Kamikazi attacks by Typhoons on full afterburner? Getting close enough to fire brimstone would be suicidal.
 
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I read that Harpoon is in the early stages of integration with Typhoon - wind tunnel tests to see if the missile is aerodynamically compatible with the aircraft. What happens if Argentina's elite scrap merchants are sent in again before Harpoon is available to the RAF? Kamikazi attacks by Typhoons on full afterburner? Getting close enough to fire brimstone would be suicidal.
A RIB doing 25kts around them until the wash tips them all over probably. By the time Argentina could invade the Falklands the Typhoon will have fully integrated phased plasma rifles in the 40 kilowatt range.
 
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I read that Harpoon is in the early stages of integration with Typhoon - wind tunnel tests to see if the missile is aerodynamically compatible with the aircraft. What happens if Argentina's elite scrap merchants are sent in again before Harpoon is available to the RAF? Kamikazi attacks by Typhoons on full afterburner? Getting close enough to fire brimstone would be suicidal.
LGB's will take out ships.
 
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Did anyone read the comment by Air vice marshall Stephen Hillier " "we havw 8 pilots trained in ground attack roll because thats all we need" Maybee we need more airyplanes.I appears that his primary concern is his knighthood & golden bowler.Just as well he wasnt I/C during the battle of britain or d-day.
 
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Good idea really. Lets face it there isn't much call for an air-to-air superiority fighter such as it was designed for, now it can get in on the fun and bomb the shit out of insurgents armed with AK47's.

Bit like what happened with the Tornado many years back. Was supposedly a crap fighter though so they had to do something with it
 
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Good idea really. Lets face it there isn't much call for an air-to-air superiority fighter such as it was designed for, now it can get in on the fun and bomb the shit out of insurgents armed with AK47's.

Bit like what happened with the Tornado many years back. Was supposedly a crap fighter though so they had to do something with it
You don't have the first idea about what you're talking about, do you?
 
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Bit like what happened with the Tornado many years back. Was supposedly a crap fighter though so they had to do something with it
Really - that'd be why it was called the (cough) Multi-Role Combat Aircraft - MRCA - then, whilst it was being designed. And why it was designed in multiple variants, with different radar and different specs to meet different roles for different nation's requirements - both the ADV air superiority and IDS ground attack versions for us, the Germans also took an ECR version.
 

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