The Typhoon might be a very nice aircraft for folks that have seen it at airshows making a lot of noise / sharp turns etc. Me too thought so, when I first saw a proto EAP in Paris 19.. 87?
Fact remains the Typhoon isn´t stealth, hasn´t thrust vectoring, has a less then impressive range, only supercruise without tanks & weapons, has radar technology that was great 10 yrs ago, Meteor (hopefully) in 2012? and will have excellent air to ground capability in an expensive, yet to be certified / bought modification program nobody has committed to.
Now it doesn´t have to have all these capabilities, but none IMO makes it a less then ideal platform to face the stealth fighters that will have those capabilities for the next 20 yrs in theatres like Asia. That is why Singapore didn´t take the Typhoon. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/...ighter-from-critical-contract-0401
Now it may sound a little harsh, but it is a reality we face. The European formula of develloping new combat aircraft (everyone involved wants it to do everything & national industry must all have their stake) lasting for many years with commintment building up so strong nobody can get out anymore, isn´t ideal facing opponents that are determined, undemoncratic and have a lot of budget.
It would be willingly blind not to see that I´m not the only one that thinks the money could have been spend in better ways. (The A380 is a cheapy compared)
FACTUAL & ARTS TV
Eurofighter: Weapon of Mass Construction
Sunday 6 July 2003, 10.00pm, BBC FOUR
There have been many twists and turns in the journey of the controversial Eurofighter Typhoon. Conceived at the height of the Cold War by the UK, Germany, Italy and France to combat the superiority of the Soviet Union's air force, the aircraft's in-service delivery date of 30 June is ten years late and – at a cost of more than £50 billion – it's become the most expensive European defence project ever.
The work of an unprecedented number of nations, the aircraft's troubled genesis has seen out the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bosnia, 9/11 and two Gulf wars.
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