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Old 02-26-2006, 09:31 AM
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Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon

I'll start off with the Development Aircraft (DA1)

The collective military requirements of the four Partner Nations are the foundation of the Eurofighter Typhoon Weapon System. Eurofigter Typhoon is a highly agile Air Superiority and Air-to-Surface, multi-role/swing-role weapon system, making it the most capable front line fighter available. Swing-role means that one aircraft can perform a number of different roles, all carried out with ease and precision.

Symbol of European co-operation
Eurofighter Typhoon is shining example of European co-operation between four European countries, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Production is on a workshare basis, according to the number of aircraft each has ordered and is carried out by EADS, Alenia Aeronautica and BAE SYSTEMS.


Export sales with reach
Eurofighter Typhoon is in full production and Entry in to Service was achieved with the Four Partner Air Forces in Spring 2004. Between them, the Partner Nations have ordered 620 aircraft while Austria have signed a contract for the purchase of 18 Eurofighters. Greece has committed to 60 aircraft with the option for a further 30 and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence has signed an Industrial Participation package with the Eurofighter Consortium for the future development of the aircraft. Other Export opportunities are being pursued throughout the world.

Eurofighter Typhoon has a foreplane/delta wing configuration that is aerodynamically unstable in the subsonic range. The "delta canard" design shape of the aircraft is driven by a need for:
• Subsonic/supersonic instantaneous and sustained turn rate performance
• Agility
• Lift and STOL (Short take-off and landing)
• Exceptional acceleration
• Reduced drag
Combining this with a low wing loading, high thrust-to-weight ratio, excellent all-round vision and carefree handling results in a truly exceptional aircraft.
Stealth technology is incorporated in the basic design. Features include low frontal Radar Cross Section (RCS), passive sensors and supercruise capability.
The airframe is constructed mainly from Carbon Fibre Composites (CFCs), lightweight alloys, titanium and Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP).

The airframe surface area is made up of 70% Carbon Fibre Composites (CFCs), 15% lightweight alloys and titanium, 12% Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) and 3% other materials. In other words, metals make up only 15% of the materials used in building a Eurofighter Typhoon.
In tandem with the aerodynamically unstable design, these strong but lightweight materials mean that the weight and size of the airframe and engine are 10 - 20% smaller and 30% lighter, than they would otherwise have been. This not only means that the aircraft has a reduced radar signature but is also stealthy.


The Eurofighter Typhoon is built using one of the most advanced lean manufacturing processes employed anywhere in the world.
Wing
The wing is a multi-spar construction with integral fuel tanks. There are full span inboard and outboard flaperons and leading edge slats, with wing tips housing the advanced defensive aid sub-system. The main undercarriage attachment is located on each wing.
Skins and spars are CFC, with the spars co-bonded to the lower skin. The ribs are carbon fibre reinforced with metallic hardpoints. Titanium is used for the wing/fuselage attachments and outboard flaperons.
Foreplane
Manufactured in titanium, the all-moving foreplanes are superplastically formed and diffusion bonded for minimum mass, high strength and optimum aerodynamic profile.
These control surfaces provide the aircraft with high-agility and instant responsiveness to pilot inputs. Acting as air-brakes, the foreplanes also help to reduce the aircraft's landing roll.
Front Fuselage
The front fuselage includes the cockpit area and canopy/windscreen foreplane actuators a fully retractable flight refuelling probe the radar infra-red sensor: avionics and Environmental Control Systems (ECS) bays.
The structure is CFC, GRP, aluminium and titanium. These construction materials provide a rigid structure, whilst at the same time saving weight and enhancing the aircraft's aerodynamic performance.
Centre Fuselage
The aluminium chin intake has an upper surface wedge, vertical splitter plate and external walls with flow bleed arrangements incorporated. A variable lower cowl lip optimises intake performance.
The main body includes fuel tanks the Secondary Power System part of the main undercarriage bay the nose and undercarriage bay the major wing pick-ups and the internal gun. The airbrake is mounted on the spine, behind the cockpit.
Mainframes are of aluminium lithium with extensive use of CFC for external skins.
Rear Fuselage
There are two major frames supporting the engines the rear frame also incorporates fin and arrester hook attachments.
Separating the engine bays is a vertical shear web manufactured from superplastically formed and diffusion bonded titanium.Two large engine bay doors are fitted and form the underside structure of the fuselage. Where temperature permits, CFC is used for external panels
Fin
The fin and conventional rudder are manufactured from CFC with aluminium lithium on the leading and trailing edges, and GRP on the tip.
As well as providing lateral stability, the fin also houses a number of key aircraft systems, such as ECM sensors and communications systems.
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:40 AM
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Eurofighter Typhoon #2

Eurofighter Typhoon has a foreplane/delta configuration, which is aerodynamically unstable in the subsonic region. This gives the aircraft advantages in:
  • Agility
  • Reduced drag
  • Lift and STOL
Brakes off to 35,000ft / M1.5 - < 2.5 minutes
Brakes off to lift off - <8 seconds (Full Internals and Missiles)
At low level, 200Kts to Mach 1 - 30 seconds
Supercruise capability and Dry Power Acceleration from Sub to >Supersonic

Maximum Speed - Mach 2.0
Operational Runway Length - <700m (2,297ft)
G'' limits - +9/-3 ''g''
Power Plants Two Eurojet EJ 200 reheated turbofans - > of 90kN (20,000 lbs) max thrust each

Wing Span - 10.95m (35ft 11in)
Wing Aspect Ratio - 2:205
Length (Overall) - 15.96m (52ft 4in)
Height - 5.28m (17ft 4in)
Wings (Gross) - 50.0m squared (538ft sqaured)

Basic mass (Empty) - 11,000Kg (24,250lb)
Maximum - (Take-off) 23,500kg (51,809lb)

Eurofighter Typhoon has a foreplane/delta configuration which is, by nature, aerodynamically unstable.
The instability of the aircraft is derived from the position of a theoretical “pressure point” on the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. This is calculated from the contribution to lift from each of the aircraft components (the wings, the canards, fuselage etc). If the pressure point is in front of the centre of gravity on the longitudinal axis, the aircraft is aerodynamically unstable and it is impossible for a human to control it.
With the Eurofighter Typhoon, in subsonic flight the pressure point lies in front of the centre of gravity, therefore making the aircraft aerodynamically unstable, and is why Eurofighter Typhoon has such a complex Flight Control System – computers react quicker than a pilot.
When Eurofighter Typhoon crosses into supersonic flight, the pressure point moves behind the centre of gravity, giving a stable aircraft.
The advantages of an intentionally unstable design over that of a stable arrangement include greater agility – particularly at subsonic speeds - reduced drag, and an overall increase in lift (also enhancing STOL performance).
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Eurofighter Typhoon #3

Flight Control Systems
The FCS is a full-authority, quadruplex digital Fly-By-Wire system providing:

• Stability and control augmentation
• High agility
• Full carefree handling and manoeuvring

It is designed to enable the pilot to concentrate on the tactical tasks and to fly the aircraft 'head-up' in combination with the HOTAS (Hand-on-Throttle-and-Stick) concept applied to cockpit design. Emergency features have also been embodied in the system design to ensure maximum safety of operation. These include:

Low speed auto recovery
Emergency 'g' override
'g' onset limitation
Dis-Orientation Recovery Capability (DORC)
Automatic reversion
The system is designed to provide the necessary measurement (Air Data System) computation and surface actuation needed to perform all required manoeuvres ensuring carefree handling and manoeuvring capabilities. The system is also designed to provide higher mode functionalities including:

Autopilot
Auto-throttle
Flight Director Modes
The system is controlled by four Flight Control Computers and features primary and secondary actuation to ensure control along all axis (pitch, roll and yaw). The aerodynamic configuration is automatically trimmed to achieve an optimum compromise between performance and manoeuvrability.

Pitch control is provided by symmetric operation of foreplanes and wing flaperons, while roll control is primarily achieved through differential operation of wing flaperons. Yaw control is primarily provided by the fin mounted rudder. Cross feeds among the various actuation systems are also implemented to optimise aircraft performance and handling qualities. The slats and flaperons automatically optimise the wing camber at all Angles of Attack (AOA).

The FCS also features automatic reversion through various back-up modes. It is integrated with other systems through the avionics (STANAG 3910) and utility control (STANAG 3838) data buses

Autopilot
The Eurofighter Typhoon autopilot is designed for both long range cruising and to assist the pilot in tactical situations.

The autopilot provides basic track, heading, altitude and airspeed modes, and allows the pilot to fly optimum attack profiles automatically.

Advanced modes such as auto-climb, auto-attack, and auto-approach are available. The autopilot is an integrated part of the pilot's tactical control.

Automatic Recovery System
In the unlikely event of pilot disorientation, Eurofighter Typhoon’s FCS allows for rapid and automatic recovery by the simple press of a button.

On selection of this auto-recovery facility the FCS takes full charge of the engines and flying controls, and automatically stabilises the aircraft in a wings level, gentle climbing attitude at 300 knots, until the pilot is ready to re-take control.

Sensor Fusion/Individual Sensors
Sensor fusion is the processing of information received and transmitted by the key aircraft sensors. This information is presented to the pilot clearly and accurately, in an uncluttered fashion, to allow for safe and efficient single seat operation in the swing-role environment. The high level of integration and sharing of information between the various sub-systems gives the pilot an autonomous ability to assess rapidly the overall tactical situation and respond efficiently to identified threats.
Radar
The CAPTOR Radar has been developed by the Euroradar consortium and is the best performing type of its class. The multi-mode pulse-Doppler Radar is the first airborne Radar in NATO with three as opposed to two processing channels. The third channel is used in a jamming scenario for sidelobe nulling, interference blanking and jammer classification.

The Radar provides Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface features.

Main Air-to-Air fetaures

Search Modes - Range While Search (RWS), Velocity Search (VS) and multiple target Track While Scan (TWS)
Lock-Follow Modes, which are tailored for long range tracking and short range tracking for use in visual identification or gun attacks
Air Combat Acquisition Modes allowing a choice of boresight, vertical scan HUD field of view or slaved acquisition
Main Air-to-Surface features

Search Modes - Ground Map, High Resolution Map, Ground Moving Target Identification and Sea Surface Search and Track While Scan
Track Modes - Fixed Target Track and Moving Target Track
Air-to-Surface Ranging
Terrain Avoidance
Infra Red Search & Track (IRST)
The PIRATE IR sensor provides the Avionics System with more information but in a frequency band complementary to that of the Radar. Passive Air-to-Air target detection and tracking performance in the IRST mode provides totally covert-tracking capabilities. PIRATE also fully supports Air-to-Surface operations in the Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) mode, with ground and target imagery as required during missions where passive operations are also needed.
Multiple Image Distribution System (MIDS)
(MIDS) The MIDS is a high capacity digital information distribution system allowing the secure and jam-resistant exchange of real-time data between a wide variety of users, including all the components of a tactical air force, and where appropriate, land and naval forces. The system will present a comprehensive tactical environment on the MHDDs, relieving the pilot of the need to assemble the necessary information from a large number of independent sources. It also ensures the pilot is aware of threat and friendly aircraft which are beyond the areas covered by Radar and Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST).
Electro-Optic Targeting System
Autonomous operations for Eurofighter Typhoon will be greatly enhanced by the addition of on-board target detection, recognition and identification, using the latest EO sensor technology. This is complemented by on-board laser tracking supporting target designation for self or third party operations. Future generations of targeting and tracking sensors will be readily integrated into Eurofighter Typhoon through the evolving avionics and weapon system architecture. As with the IRST/FLIR, multi-spectral operations will be key to future operational capability.
Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS)
The DASS monitors and responds to the outside world. It is internally housed and provides the pilot with an all-round prioritised assessment of Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface threats with fully automatic response to single or multiple threats; manual override is available. The DASS includes:

Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) & Electronic Surveillance Measures (ESM)
Front and rear Missile Approach Warners (MAW)
Towed decoys (supersonically capable)
Chaff and flare dispensers
Laser Warning Receivers (LWR)
Space and computing power expansions will house continuous evolution for future threats, enhance Eurofighter Typhoon's survivability and greatly increase overall mission effectiveness. The aircraft’s design complements the DASS by minimising Eurofighter Typhoon’s Radar and Infra-Red signature.
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Eurofighter Typhoon #4

Voice Throttle & Stick (VTAS)
Hand on Throttle & Stick (HOTAS)
HOTAS controls allow the pilot to carry out complex tasks with relative ease during intense situations. There are some twenty-four finger tip functions related to:
Sensor and weapon controls
DASS management
Aircraft handling
Communications
Target manipulation
X/Y Cursor Control
Direct Invoice Input
DVI allows the pilot to activate non-safety critical moding and data entry functions as an alternative to using manual methods. Options include:
  • Manual data entry
  • Multi-Function Head Down Display (MHDD)
  • Radio and navigation aids selection
  • Target selection
  • Target allocation to formation members.
DVI commands are confirmed by visual and/or aural feedback. This unique VTAS capability drastically reduces the pilot’s workload enabling him to focus on the mission and systems operation. In an air battle scenario this system even allows the lead pilot to assign weapons to targets for both himself and his wingman with three simple voice commands.

Crew Escape and Life Support
Cockpit Ingress & Egress
Normal access and exit from the cockpit may be via either an external or integral ladder. The latter, designed for autonomous operations, is a telescopic arrangement stowed in the port side of the fuselage below the cockpit entry and exit is through a combination of the ladder, footrests and handholds. Emergency escape is by the Martin Baker Mk.16A ejection seat the canopy is jettisoned by two rocket motors.
Mk16.A Ejection Seat
Derived from the US Navy Mk.14 seat, the Mk.16A is some 30% lighter this is achieved by combining the twin ejection gun outer cylinder tubes as both the propulsion system and the seat’s primary structure. The seat offers high comfort levels, and is integrated with an On-Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS), chemical defence, and communication systems.
The narrow head box contributes to Eurofighter Typhoon’s excellent rear vision. The simplified combined harness allows unassisted strap-in, and the passive leg restraint system avoids the need for the pilot to wear restraining garters. A second generation electronic sequencer is incorporated. Reliability and maintainability are key elements of the design, with full access to in-cockpit components.
Life Support System & Aircrew Equipment Assembly (AEA)
To ensure that the pilot is physiologically compatible with Eurofighter Typhoon’s agile capability, the life support system provides pressure breathing and ‘g’-protection to the extent that ‘pilot-straining’ is not necessary under high ‘g’-force. All aircrew equipment is designed as an integral part of the weapon system.
The AEA is unique to Eurofighter Typhoon and includes:
Full-Cover Anti-‘G’ Trousers (FCAGTs) and Chest Counter-Pressure Garment (CCPG)
Liquid conditioning garment
Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) protection
A lightweight Head Equipment Assembly (HEA) incorporating the HMSS, Night Vision Enhancement (NVE), and optical protection.

Cockpit
A high level of systems integration and automation has been adopted to allow safe and efficient single-seat operation in the swing-role environment.
A high level of systems integration and automation has been adopted to allow safe and efficient single-seat operation in the swing-role environment.
Unprecedented attention has been given to Man-Machine Interfaces (MMI), and at all stages of the design of the Eurofighter Typhoon cockpit, the needs of the single seat pilot have been paramount. High workload situations have been analysed to establish priorities and to automate tasks. Advanced digital technology not only enhances operability and survivability, but also simplifies aircraft maintenance. The priorities of head-in and head-out operations were established, the design of the displays and moding are such that only necessary information is presented to the pilot, are combined with excellent all-round vision, to highlight the major principles of Eurofighter Typhoon’s high technology cockpit design.
The displays and controls interface with their respective systems via a Cockpit Interface Unit (CIU), Computer Symbol Generators (CSG), and databuses. For systems integrity, some controls are hardwired to individual systems.
The number of conventional panel mounted controls and indicators has been reduced to a minimum.
The main interaction between the pilot and the aircraft systems is via the Manual Data Entry (MDE) facility, the Head-Up Display (HUD), Multi-Function Head Down Displays (MHDDs), the Voice Throttle And Stick controls (VTAS), and by Direct Voice Input (DVI).
The pilot has seven display surfaces available to him: the HUD, three MHDDs, a Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS), a Dedicated Warning Panel (DWP), and a Multiple Information Distribution System (MIDS) display.
Cockpit lighting is compatible with night vision enhancement, and daytime brightness of the displays is automatically adjusted.
The advanced cockpit design and layout is based on an extensive series of formal assessments by operational pilots from the customers’ air forces, carried out in a rapid prototype facility.
Multi Function Head Down Displays (MHDD)
The three full colour Multi-Function Head Down Displays (MHDDs) present a wide range of information including:
  • The overall tactical situation
  • Attack formats
  • Map displays and air traffic procedures
  • System status and check lists
All available formats can be shown on any of the three MHDDs, with detailed information selected through the multi-function soft-keys arranged around each MHDD, by X/Y cursor control, or by DVI.
Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS)
The HMSS provides flight reference data, an energy cue, and weapon aiming through the pilot’s visor this will allow target acquisition and engagement at large off-boresight angles. The helmet also incorporates night vision aids using light intensification and provision for Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) imagery.
Helmet Features
  • Outer Helmet
  • Inner Helmet
  • Optics Blast/Display Visor
  • Oxygen mask
  • Night Vision Enhancement Camera
  • Head Tracking System LED Position
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The Powerplant
Eurofigter Typhoon is equipped with twin EJ200 engines to increase safety in peacetime and redundancy in war. The high reliability and subsequent availability ensure operational costs are reduced.

The Eurojet EJ200 engine is Europe’s latest high performance, advanced technology military turbofan designed to fulfil the demanding requirements for the next generation of combat aircraft.

The EUROJET team achieved the following design priorities:

Air-to-Air combat superiority
High speed interception
High performance in dry and reheat operation, including supercruiise capability in maximum dry
Carefree handling throughout an extensive flight envelope
Growth potential
EJ200 features mechanical design simplicity with a minimum number of robust compressor and turbine stages. It is a two-spool engine with single stage turbines driving the three-stage fan and five-stage HP compressor. Combustion design is annular with vaporising burners. The overall design provides a small lightweight engine with high strength and high temperature capability. Features include:

Simple robust construction
Full modularity with good access
Minimal support equipment
Long life components with low component count

Engine Specification

Thrust - maximum, dry - 60 kn
Thrust - with reheat - 90 kN
'g' limits - +9/-3 'g'

Bypass ratio - 0.4
Overall pressure ratio - 26:1
Thrust/Weight ratio - 10:1
Average fuel consumption
- max, dry - 21 - 23 g/kNs
- With reheat - 47 - 49 g/kNs

Overall length - 4 m
Inlet diameter - 0.74 m
Typical weight - 990 - 1035 kg

Built-in Growth Potential
A first stage of planned engine growth, changes in the pressure rating, fan and core engine technology will produce a 25% increase in dry power and a 10% increase in reheat power. This performance improvement may also be traded off to extend engine life up to 30% maintaining present performances. Such trade off will be possible through Digital Electronic Control Unit (DECU) settings to fully exploit the advantages of the improved design in line with Operational Requirements. Further engine growth is also envisaged, with further increases in pressure and an upgraded engine core to produce additional power with and without reheat.

The Secondary Power System (SPS) enables the hydraulic and electrical systems, and engine starting. It consists of an Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) and two engine-driven gear boxes.
Dramatically reducing pilot workload, the Utilities Control System (UCS) provides continuous control monitoring and fault detection for the aircraft's general systems, and also acts as an interface in the avionics architecture.
Two separate, independent hydraulics systems are incorporated in the aircraft, supplying various items, such as the canopy, FCS, brakes and undercarriage. One 4000psi engine-driven gearbox powers each system.
Fuel is contained in the centre fuselage and wings as well as the external, underwing drop tanks. A retractable refuelling probe is mounted on the starboard front fuselage.
The system is designed to minimise the risk of total power loss by using a high level of redundancy and system partitioning. Power provided is 115/220v, 400Hz, 3 phase AC, 28v DC.
The Environmental Control Systems (ECS) provide conditioned and partially conditioned air to the cockpit canopy seal, anti and demisting systems, anti-g suit, as well as to radar, FLIR and avionics sub-systems.
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Eurofighter Typhoon #6

Swing Role
Eurofighter Typhoon is as an affordable high-end swing-role weapon system whose design ensures that the aircraft is fully capable of combining different operational tasks in a single mission. Swing-role capability also offers considerable cost-of-ownership benefits to Governments and operational commanders.
Air Superiority
In the rapidly evolving nature of modern warfare, one capability need remains constant and above all others - Air Superiority. The speed and certainty by which Air Superiority can be established in a battle environment, will determine how quickly and safely other operational tasks can be met. Eurofighter Typhoon is to deliver Air Superiority of the highest order. Air combat can be broken into two broad categories: Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and Close In Combat (CIC).
Beyond Visual Range
The keys to success in the BVR environment lie in a fighter aircraft achieving first sight, first shot, and first kill. These keys require modern fighter aircraft to meet certain criteria. Firstly, exemplary communications and sensors (including secure and jam-resistant data links - to be first to seek out the enemy). Additionally, exceptional supersonic dash and manouevre capability (to be first to reach optimum AAM launch conditions), and a weapons suite with the operational "edge" (to ensure first kill). Finally, the aerodynamic capability to stay in the fight with retained advantage, should further fighting be necessary. Eurofighter Typhoon meets these needs in full.
A typical BVR engagement would involve the positive identification of targets over 70 miles away, using the CAPTOR Radar, Infra-Red and data link systems to automatically assess and prioritise the threat.
Eurofighter Typhoon will then use the high excess power of the two EJ200 engines to accelerate to around Mach 1.8, to close in on its target aggressively and impart maximum energy to its active missiles on release. Eurofighter Typhoon will then utilise its high supersonic turn rate to escape from the threat zone, or re-attack if necessary. Its DASS counter-measures and exceptional agility would be used to deny any enemy the successful use of his weapons.
Close in Combat
In CIC, Eurofighter Typhoon’s airframe and engine agility will be complimented by its systems agility. The aircraft has massive subsonic agility, with features such as the off-boresight HMSS to enable heads-out and over-the-shoulder work, exceptional carefree handling, advanced VTAS and DVI technology, and highly effective ASRAAM and IRIS T short range missiles, which are custom-built for close-in and off-boresight lethality. The advanced 'g'-protection system ensures that the pilot is fully conscious and mobile under the sustained 9G capability.

Mission Configurations
Air Superiority
Today’s air defence fighters have to be extremely agile in order to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of supersonic Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat and supersonic Close In Combat (CIC).
Configuration:
6 x BVRAAM
6 x ASRAAM
2 x 1500 litre fuel tank
2 x 1000 litre fuel tank
Air Interdiction
The Eurofighter Typhoon is capable of delivering a large payload over long distances, day or night. The extensive weapons inventory includes low cost, unguided weapons and smart munitions which provide an increase in range, effectiveness and survivability. Multiple, flexible sensors, coupled with passive modes of delivery and the retention of a full Air-to-Air fit, ensure that Eurofighter Typhoon is a formidable weapon system.
Configuration
2 x Stand-off missiles
2 x Alarm
4 x AMRAAM
2 x ASRAAm
2 x 1500 litre fuel tank
1 x 1000 litre fuel tank
Supression of Enemy Air Defences
The combination of pinpoint navigational accuracy, highly sophisticated onboard sensors and dedicated ''fire and forget'' weapons, enable the Eurofighter Typhoon to effectively target enemy air defences. Its long range and large payload ensure excellent performance in various supression missions such as Fighter Sweep, Dedicated SEAD and Self Protection.
Configuration
6 x Alarm
4 x AMRAAM
2 x ASRAAM
1 x 1000 Litre fuel tank
Close Air Support
The Eurofighter Typhoon is ideally suited to the role of Close Air Support, as it can remain on task for long periods of time with large flexible weapon loads. These loads include extensive Air-to-Surface weapon configurations as well as retaining full Air-to-Air capability. Its sophisticated sensor suite allows close co-ordination with ground commanders and the identification of individual targets. Its high manoeuvrability and sophisticated weaponry allow effective operations over the battlefield.
Configuration
16 x Brimstone
4 x AMRAAM
2 x ASRAAM
1 x 1000 litre fuel tank
Maritime Attack
The Eurofighter Typhoon''s dedicated radar modes and datalink allow it to operate autonomously or as part of an offensive force. The passive modes of delivery allow undetected low-level approach to the target.
Configuration
4 x Penguin
4 x AMRAAM
2 x ASRAAM
2 x 1500 litre fuel tank
1 x 1000 litre fuel tank
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Eurofighter Typhoon # 7

Cost
The price-performance ratio for Eurofighter Typhoon clearly shows the outstanding benefits of operating this lean-manufactured aircraft. With its swing-role capability, the Eurofighter Typhoon can undertake a range of missions efficiently, with high survivability, easy maintenance, reliability and operational availability.

Supportablity & Ground Operations
To reduce ownership cost over Eurofighter's in-service life of 25 years/ 6,000 flying hours, and to ensure maximum availability, the important areas of reliability, maintainability and testability have been given equal priority performance and flight safety throughout the development programme.
To complement the powerful Integrated Onboard Test Evaluation and Recording System capability, a Ground Support System (GSS) is being developed to fully support the aircraft in its mission role and for maintenance and repair.
A small family of Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) has been conceived to reduce the reproduction of expensive Special to Type Test.
Wherever possible, standard commercially available software and "off the shelf" components shall be used.

Reliability
  • <400 attributable defects/1000 flying hours
  • >0.95 probability of successful mission completion
  • >0.98 probability of autonomous engine start
Maintainability
  • <9 maintenance manhours per flying hour
  • 50% of defects rectified within
    45 mins
  • 95% of defects rectified within
    3 hours
  • Engine changes by 4 men in
    45 mins
Testability
  • <5% false alarm rate
  • 100% of safety critical failures
    will be detected
Servicing
  • Before flight <15 mins/2 men
  • Turn round <15 mins/2 men
  • After flight <45 mins/2 men
Role Changes
  • <45 mins/3 men for any change
Fleet Affectiveness
Fewer Eurofighter Typhoons are required to achieve the same level of operational effectiveness as a larger fleet of less capable aircraft, reducing both direct and indirect cost and man power levels. These exchange ratios will result in a significant reduction in air force attrition rates.
A typical post cold war scenario comparing the loss rates of a fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons with a larger fleet (50% more aircraft) of a less capable type, demonstrates the stark effect of a lower margin of supremacy. After Day 2, more than half of the less capable aircraft (and pilots) would be lost, and after Day 4 the fleet could lose its ability to defend. Eurofighter Typhoon, on the other hand, is able to sustain its effectiveness while inflicting unacceptable losses to the aggressor.

Affordable Air Dominance
Mission Cost Effectiveness compared to Sukhoi Flanker

The Sukhoi-27 Flanker is the standard by which Western aircraft are measured in the post cold war environment. Only the prohibitively expensive F-22 comes close to matching the Flanker on mission effectiveness, whereas the Eurofighter Typhoon performs better than the remaining aircraft, trumping its rival on cost.
This balances flyaway cost against Air-to-Air mission effectiveness existing or projected aircraft would have to be in the light blue area to provide better value for money than Eurofighter Typhoon.
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