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Eurofighter Typhoon
by
Jaroslaw and Manek



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ZH588 (or Eurofighter 2000 DA2) first flew on the 6th of April 1994, piloted by Chris Yeo, BAe's Director of Flight Operations, Warton. This picture is of flight 9, flown by John Turner, the Project Pilot at BAE SYSTEMS for the Typhoon from 1992-2000)

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TYPE

Known variously as the Eurofighter 2000, EF2000 and now the Eurofighter Typhoon

Single seater, twin engined, front line air superiority fighter, with secondary ground attack and tactical reconnaissance capabilities



MANUFACTURER

Consortium of four Eurofighter partner nations, UK (33%), Germany (33%), Italy (21%) and Spain (13%)



ENGINE

  • Two EJ-200 two spool turbo fan engines with reheat
  • 20,000 lbf (90 kN) with reheat
  • 13,500 lbf (60 kN) without reheat



DIMENSIONS

  • span : 10.95m
  • length : 15.96
  • height : 5.28
  • wing area : 50m²
  • foreplane area : 2.4m²
  • leading edge sweep 53°



WEIGHTS

  • Weight Empty : 9,750kg
  • Max Take-off weight: 21,000kg



PERFORMANCE

  • Maximum speed : 1500mph or more, Mach 2+
  • g limits : +9g to -3g
  • Landing runway required : 700m
  • T/O runway required : 300m
  • Combat radius lo-lo-lo : 600km
  • Combat radius hi-lo-hi : 1400km



FIRST FLIGHT

  • EAP (Experimental Aircraft Program) airframe first flew in August 1986
  • Eurofighter as it is today first flew on 27th March 1994



AVIONICS

  • ECR90 multi-mode Doppler radar
  • (APG-65 radar  for German versions)
  • Quadruplex digital fly by wire system
  • Pilot voice recognition system
  • Aerosystems IMRS Integrated Monitoring and Recording System
  • DASA digital engine control system
  • EuroDASS Defensive Aids Sub-System
  • BAe Systems TERPROM ground proximity warning system



WEAPONS

  • up to 10 ASRAAMs
  • 13 hardpoints capable of lifting 6,500kg
  • 27mm Mauser cannon



NOTES

  • Delivery to UK squadrons is now expected in June of 2002
  • Initial spread of orders between the four nations:
  1. UK takes 232
  2. Germany takes 180
  3. Italy takes 121
  4. Spain takes 87
  • Greece has recently agreed to buy between 60 and 90
  • 70% of the aircraft's surface area is made of carbon fibre composite

UPDATE 2003

On June 30 2003 the RAF accepted its first Typhoon into service. It was a T.1 two-seater version, ZJ803.

Two seat variants will be designated T.1 or T.1A depending on production batch, while the single seaters will be Typhoon F.2s.

UPDATE 2005

Requirements by nation
RAF (UK) 232 195 single, 37 twin
AMI (Italy) 121 106 single, 15 twin
GAF (Germany) 180 147 single, 33 twin
EdA (Spain) 86 71 single, 15 twin


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ZH588, the second Eurofighter to fly, the German DA1 98+29 being the first, nine days previously.