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Do Austrian AF Typhoons Need External Tanks?  
User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

All of the pictures I've seen of Austrian Air Force Typhoons show them with no external tanks. Is Austria, by law, forbidden from using external fuel tanks on their Typhoons or does the Typhoon simply have enough range on internal fuel to render external tanks unnecessary?


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7960 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2571 times:

Typhoons have enough internal fuel capacity so that they can scamble in full air defense configuration and loiter for at least one hour above any part of Austria. This was considered plenty, but some politicians have second thoughts and consider the purchase of external fuel tanks.


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User currently offlineRTFM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 1):
Typhoons have enough internal fuel capacity so that they can scamble in full air defense configuration and loiter for at least one hour above any part of Austria. This was considered plenty, but some politicians have second thoughts and consider the purchase of external fuel tanks.

All that money for a Typhoon and they can't even throw in a couple of external tanks....? Blimey, bit like when you used to buy a BMW and find you had to pay extra for the stereo....  


User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3957 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

I'm sure it's about politics, not with the pennies for the tanks. Austria is not a member of NATO and is constitutionally 'neutral' , so I guess the couple of Typhoons are 'strictly for air defence'.

If I'm right there, the Typhoon purchase is an exercise in money-wasting anyway.

Peter 



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User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

They did get a lot of airplane and from what I can recall, they're limited to the extent they can arm these planes. Might they have done better with the J39? Mind you, I'm a big Typhoon fan, but for what the Austrians are allowed to do with these planes, they seem to have invested too heavily.


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User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3957 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 4):

The F-5Es they leased from Switzerland would seem plentiful to me.



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