Eurofighter Typhoon Specifications
one or two
2- 20,230 lbs ea.
52 ft. 5 in.
35 ft. 11 in.
648 – 1,150 mph
The Eurofighter Typhoon got its start in 1983 when Britain, France Germany, Italy and Spain combined their resources to develop an air superiority fighter. France withdrew from the program two years later and developed their own aircraft. The other countries continued with Britain and Germany responsible for 33 percent each of development, Italy 21 percent, and Spain 13 percent.
By 1996 European economic pressures necessitated a change in the development responsibilities. Britain took on 37 1/2 percent, Germany and Spain 21 1/2 percent each and Italy 19 1/2 percent.
The Eurofighter Typhoon first took to the sky on March 27, 1994. Due to its low wing loaded, low drag, and high thrust to weight, the aircraft proved extremely maneuverable.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is considered by many as today’s premier European made air superiority fighter aircraft and overall one of the best fighter aircraft in the world. Recent editions of the aircraft have included air to ground weapons and radar updates.
Pilots report that the Eurofighter Typhoon is “exhilarating to fly with high maneuverability”. The twin EJ200 turbofan engines combine light weight, high thrust, and low fuel consumption.
Fly by wire controls are necessary in the Eurofighter Typhoon due to its inherit instability, necessary for its high maneuverability. Although not a true stealth aircraft, steps have been taken to reduce its radar cross section, including radar absorbing coating and the use of passive sensors.
The pilot of the Eurofighter Typhoon has good all around vision together with the use of systems that incorporate long range radar and infra red search and track (IRST), with defense, attack and identification of targets.
Three color monitors, a wide angle head up display, and helmet mounted displays combine to give the pilot of the Eurofighter Typhoon excellent situational awareness. There is even direct voice input for the pilot.
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft are being deployed throughout Europe, Oman and in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft have seen action attacking in Libya, Yemen and Syria.
In April of 2016 Kuwait ordered 28 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, at a cost of US$8.7 billion, with deliveries starting in 2019. The aircraft will be equipped with Captor-E Scan AESA Radar One Plus systems and the Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP). The pod includes dual color laser spot tracking, shortwave infrared, and advanced non-conventional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (NTISR) modes.
On April 16, 2018 it was announced that Saudi Arabia had agreed to purchase 48 additional Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
On Sept.18,2018 Qatar announced that they would purchase 24 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft along with 9 advanced trainer aircraft for about US$6.6 billion. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2022. It is anticipated that they will use the same AESA radar systems and Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods as the Kuwait Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
Dec. 31, 2019: It was announced today that the first first flight of an Instrumented Series Production Eurofighter Typhoon for the Kuwaiti Air Force was successfully accomplished. The aircraft is the first to fly with the new Captor E-Scan Radar active electronically scanned array (AESA) and second iteration of the Phase 3 software (P3EB). In addition, included in the Kuwaiti specifications are the integration of air-to-surface weapons including Brimstone and Storm Shadow.
Over 620 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft have been produced to date.
RC Eurofighter Typhoon
That’s Florian Keilwitz with his scratch built RC Eurofighter Typhoon. It has a 104 in. wingspan and 146 in. length. Power is by a pair of BF B300F jet turbine engines. All up weight is about 145 lbs.
The Black Horse Model RC Eurofighter Typhoon ARF with a wingspan of 48 3/4 in. and a length of 64 in. Recommended power for the all wood model is a TP 5660-9D motor turning a 120 mm EDF unit. Weight is around 16 lbs.
The Eurofighter Typhoon from Freewing is PNP that has a 38 in. wingspan and is 55 in. long. Included is thrust vectoring, nav lights, retracts, drop tanks and a 3748 – 1450 kV motor turning a 90 mm fan unit. Weight is about 6 3/4 lbs.