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2018-05-01

Eurofighter Typhoon to be the Likely Successor of Tornado

Recently, Airbus and Eurofighter GmbH submitted their offer to the German Ministry of Defence for a replacement of the Bundeswehr’s ageing Tornado combat aircraft, which was developed in the 1960s. The team has established the Eurofighter as its ideal successor.
 
The German Air Force is planning to phase out the Tornado from 2025 onwards and to transfer capabilities to another weapon system. As the Eurofighter system is already in use by Germany, this system could seamlessly adopt the capabilities of the Tornado aircraft. According to Eurofighter officials, increased use of the same type of aircraft would result in considerable cost savings in terms of support services and training costs due to economies of scale, which would also reduce per-hour flying costs within the German Armed Forces.
 
“The Eurofighter is already the backbone of the German Air Force and is therefore the logical option to adopt the capabilities of the Tornado in the medium term,” said Bernhard Brenner, Head of Marketing and Sales at Airbus Defence and Space. “We have an excellent aircraft, its production secures important aircraft construction know-how in Germany and, at the same time, strongly supports European sovereignty in defence. The successful continuation of Eurofighter production could also lead to further cooperation with other European nations such as Switzerland, Belgium and Finland.”
 
Volker Paltzo, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH CEO, said: “I am confident that Eurofighter Typhoon can provide a cost effective and attractive solution for Germany, which will deliver every capability and perform every mission the German Air Force needs.”
 
In the medium term, the further development of the Eurofighter will provide the technological basis for the next generation of European combat aircraft. The intent of the collaboration was agreed between France and Germany in July 2017 and these aircraft are currently expected to enter into service around 2040.
 
In the UK, the Eurofighter is already increasingly taking over the tasks of the Tornado, as the Royal Air Force has decided to retire its Tornado fleet in 2019.
The Bundeswehr currently operates 130 Eurofighters and 90 Tornados. The German Air Force’s fleet of combat aircraft is used both for missions to secure airspace sovereignty over Germany and in international NATO alliance missions around the world.
 
Most Modern Fighter
The Eurofighter Typhoon is the most up-to-date swing-role fighter. Once conceived as a multi-national programme to modernise the European Air Forces, the Eurofighter Typhoon has in the meantime been sold to customers such as Austria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait and thus doubled the number of its original user nations. 
 
The aircraft has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, high reliability across the globe in all climates. It has been combat proven during operations in Libya, Iraq and Syria.
Two EJ200 engines that give the Eurofighter Typhoon its thrust-to-weight ratio and manoeuvrability power it. The core of this state-of-the-art weapon system is its Identification capability and sensor fusion, based on the CAPTOR-E AESA radar and the PIRATE FLIR sensor while being protected by the PRAETORIAN Electronic Defensive Aid Sub System (DASS). No other fighter aircraft has integrated a comparably high number of European and U.S. weapons and is thus combat ready whatever the mission.
 
In the air superiority mission the Eurofighter Typhoon will typically be equipped with air-to-air missiles for the BVR and short-range combat. It is the combination of thrust, manoeuvrability, modern sensors and data fusion that makes the Eurofighter Typhoon a superior air warfare platform.
In the role of air interdiction the Eurofighter Typhoon is configured for ground attacks and even though it is equipped with a targeting pod and up to seven ground attack weapons, it still carries 3 BVR and 2 SR missiles.
 
Plus, the recent integration contract for the Brimstone has strengthened the CAS capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon and it can now engage in combat with a reduced risk of collateral damages of non-combatant or friendly forces.
 
Furthermore, the Eurofighter Typhoon can simply switch from air-to-air into the air-to-ground role and back within the same mission. Multiple configurations of air-to-air and ground attack payloads can be put under 13 wing and fuselage stations which enables a highly flexible and mission specific configuration.
 
The Eurofighter Typhoon represents the peak of British, German, Italian and Spanish collaborative technology in avionics, aerodynamics, materials, manufacturing techniques and engines. It has been designed for continuous growth with low cost of ownership. 
 
Reference Text/Photo: www.airbus.com

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