Ozair wrote:Quoting ZaphodHarkonnen (Reply 1): I wonder if it would be reasonable to make a Typhoon variant for this.
From the article either of those options would bring forward the replacement timeframe. Both the Typhoon and the SH will be out of production by 2020 and the article indicates a replacement timeframe in the mid 2020s and possibly even as far out as mid 2030s. The Tornado also comfortably outranges a SH and in an A2G configuration would probably also outrange a similarly equipped Typhoon.
Quoting columba (Thread starter):On the other hand all European partner already have the F35 on order and won´t have any interest in developing a new aircraft.
I can't find a realistic European nation to partner with them. France are unlikely to co-develop a ground attack jet, even though something like this would be a significantly better replacement for the Mirage 2000 nuclear fleet than the Rafale. Italy, the UK and probably Spain are going F-35 and the smaller nations are either in the F-35 camp or not going to spend any money developing/buying a long range strike aircraft. Germany also has no Middle Eastern or Asian security agreements they could leverage.
An out of left field partner for co-development could be Russia...?
How much would Germany be willing to spend on R&D? Any new development would probably cost a minimum of US$20 billion before production even started and that is before we consider at least 10 years to reach production. Fiscally, it might be wiser to invest back into the Tornado and zero hour 100 airframes. That could give them another 20-25 years of service out to 2050.
65 years ago, the first nuclear bombs were brought to Germany
34 years ago, the Eurofighter company was founded
26 years ago, the first Eurofighter prototype flew in Germany
17 years ago, the first Eurofighter was delivered to Germany
8 years ago, the German government decided _not_ to order 37 further tranche 3 Eurofighters
5 years ago, the German military discovered that their Tornados would not fly forever
Today, there still hasn't been a firm decision and the 5 to 8 years required for nuclear certification are threatening the seamless transition to newer aircraft. Nor is there any long term vision for the role and equipment of the Luftwaffe beyond "keep doing what we've done for the last 70 years". Stealth capabilities will arrive decades after the technology was first employed. It's not a problem of technology. It's not an issue with funding or ability. It's really just an extreme case of lack of long term planning and inability to take decisions.