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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

I've seen two pictures at a.net of the first Austrian Typhoon and it's identified as a T1. Is that an individual indentification (second airplane would be T2) or is it a type ID. Thinking "T" means trainer, I'm wondering if the plane isn't supposed to be identified as F1 or, using the British system, as an F.2, with the trainers being identified as T.1s.


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User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Thread starter):
've seen two pictures at a.net of the first Austrian Typhoon and it's identified as a T1. Is that an individual indentification (second airplane would be T2) or is it a type ID. Thinking "T" means trainer, I'm wondering if the plane isn't supposed to be identified as F1 or, using the British system, as an F.2, with the trainers being identified as T.1s.

T1 here refers to "Tranche 1" which subsumes Production Blocks 1, 2, 2B and 5. All Austrian EFs will be Tranche 1 Block 5.

The RAF uses Tx and Fx designations to differentia trainers from fighters while the "x" represents an internal RAF development stage as current Tranche 1 single-seat EFs are already designated "F2". It could be the case that Block 5 aircrafts are T2/F2 while everything below Block 5 is T1/F1, but I don't know exactly. Maybe one of Brits here can clarify on this ...

[Edited 2007-08-09 19:04:28]

User currently offlineWvsuperhornet From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

I was just woundering and I am not knocking the Eurofighter I think its a good aircraft, but why would Austria need such a large and complex fighter to protect its airspace? I would think some Gripens and Basic Superhornets would have managed that just fine. That would be like the US selling the FA-22 to Monaco.

User currently offlineF27Friendship From Netherlands, joined Jul 2007, 1125 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Quoting Wvsuperhornet (Reply 2):
I was just woundering and I am not knocking the Eurofighter I think its a good aircraft, but why would Austria need such a large and complex fighter to protect its airspace? I would think some Gripens and Basic Superhornets would have managed that just fine. That would be like the US selling the FA-22 to Monaco.

A lot of people share that question. It was also discussed in another thread:

First Eurofighter Delivered To Austria! (by 777 Jul 13 2007 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)


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