When did development of the eurofighter typhoon start?
Eurofighter Typhoon was invented in 1989 after German reunification. From the first sketches to a flying prototype only took 5 years, and from the first flying prototype to series production only took another 2.5 years, indicating a very fast progress in development when compared to other similar projects like the F-22 Raptor. The first 4 aircraft entered service in 2003, the 6th one is scheduled to become operational this year, and all 180 ordered will be delivered in this decade. So 2 years after a first flight (in 2003) already 6 have been produced, which is an outstanding number for such a complex aircraft.
Is the eurofighter typhoon 5th generation?
No. While designed with some 5th generation features, eurofighter typhoon is not a 5th generation fighter jet because it has been preceded by other better and cheaper solutions. For example, the F-22 Raptor is a 5th generation fighter jet.
How much does a eurofighter typhoon cost?
The basic price for a Eurofighter Typhoon is €93,9 million (without VAT tax), with an average price of over €140 million each. When including the costs of development, the per-unit cost is over €150 million.
Is the eurofighter typhoon any good in dogfights?
No. The eurofighter typhoon is designed for high-altitude combat, and therefore it does not have the right kinematic performance to excel in dogfights.
Is the eurofighter typhoon stealthy?
Yes, but it is not a pure-bred stealth fighter. Eurofighter Typhoon has some stealth features and can sneak past radars, but it does not have the right performance to excel in BVR (Beyond Visual Range) air combat.
How fast is the eurofighter typhoon?
It depends on the type of aircraft. The standard model is capable of Mach 2.2 (M2.5 for short), and it works up to M3.
How many eurofighter typhoons have crashed?
We don’t have a clear number, but as of March 2010 15 aircraft are grounded because of defects. There may be more that are not included in that list because some defects have been corrected and are back on operations.
How good is the pilot visibility?
The cockpit of a Eurofighter Typhoon is large and spacious, and the pilot has an excellent view.
How loud is a eurofighter typhoon?
The jet engine is among the most quiet ones in its category, so it can be considered a very silent aircraft.
How much fuel does a eurofighter typhoon carry?
The main fuel tanks hold 11,000 litres each, but the aircraft can also take on external fuel tanks.
What is the eurofighter typhoon used for?
Eurofighter Typhoon is a versatile multirole aircraft capable of air defense, ground attack and reconnaissance missions.
What did the eurofighter typhoon replace?
The eurofighter typhoon replaced the Tornado in Germany, and other aircraft in other countries.
What are the different versions of the eurofighter?
There are several version of the eurofighter: Typhoon, IRST (Infrared Search and Track) without data link, with data link; T3; Tranche 3, Tranche 2.
What is the difference between tranche 1 and tranche 2 eurofighter typhoons?
There have been many improvements with each new tranche (e.g. Tranche 2 has a better radar and more fuel capacity).
What countries use the eurofighter typhoon?
Eurofighter Typhoon has been ordered by Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia so far. It is also in use with the UK Royal Air Force and the Italian Air Force.
What will replace the eurofighter typhoon?
It is expected that the Eurofighter Typhoon will remain in service until at least 2040. After this, other fighter jets will replace it, but which one has not been decided yet.
Who made the eurofighter typhoon?
Eurofighter Typhoon is made by three European companies: EADS (Germany), Alenia Aeronautica (Italy) and BAE Systems (UK).
What is the production status of the eurofighter typhoon?
There have been over 170 aircraft delivered so far, and the production lines are still active.
Where is the eurofighter typhoon made?
There are three main production lines. Germany builds the center fuselage and parts of the tail section in Manching, Italy builds nose sections at its plants in Turin and Cameri, while the main production line is located at Warton (UK).