Typhoon will be multi role, saying it's only air to air is an old misconception.
I even remember an article in Flight from 1987(!), with service chiefs discussing the then Eurofighter's RAF role.
They made it clear that after replacing F-4s in Germany (the Cold War was still on at the time), Eurofighter would next replace the Jaguar's used for the Allied Mobile Force rapid reaction squadrons, in the air to ground role.
Tranche 2 aircraft will have air to ground, but it looks like even the Tranche 1's will have at least a targeting/designator pod intergrated.
's were officially designed to be easily convertible to CTOL, (and sized as such), for 'future proofing' over a 50 year lifespan.
Really it was more about having a fallback if F-35B gets axed.
Myself, I think a UK spec Rafale M would suffice for the RN
(60 or so airframes?), if we are forced out of JSF, (with a few billion £, BAE production line technology, as well as RR
lift fan/VSTOL know how pissed away, there would be a political storm).
Rafale will carry some common weapons, (Meteor BVRAAM, Scalp/Storm Shadow stealthy cruise missile), as well as being carrier proven.
Adopting Typhoon would be an expensive farce, the history of adapting land based types for carriers is not a happy one.
In a previous post on this subject, I mentioned the Skybolt crisis in 1962, this JSF issue also has resonance with the Manhattan Project.
(A large number a UK scientists, many eminent in their field, worked on Manhattan with the understanding the UK would have full access to the technology, once the war was over, guess what? The UK was shut out.
This is why the UK bomb programme was started.
Leslie Groves reckoned UK scientists had contributed little, then he tried to keep them in the US, working on post Manhattan developments, so useless were they!)