Eurofighter Needs Upgrades to Exploit 15-Year Gap to F-35 Jet (excerpt)
(Source: Bloomberg; published July 6, 2015)
The Eurofighter GmbH warplane will remain a key element of western defenses beyond 2030 only if governments commit to costly capability upgrades, according to a report commissioned by the pan-national manufacturer.
The plane, made by an alliance of BAE Systems Plc, Airbus Group and Finmeccanica SpA, could be rendered obsolete once Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 becomes a mainstay of aerial defenses for the U.S. and its allies in 15 years, Royal United Services Institute researcher Justin Bronk said in the study.
With the Eurofighter slow to get key electronic-warfare, communications and detection upgrades, the aging Tornado has remained a go-to jet for the U.K, Germany and Italy, performing bombing runs in Libya, where the French Dassault Aviation Rafale also showed its abilities, and flying missions against Islamic State. Tornado’s exit from 2019 should let Eurofighter demonstrate its prowess before F-35s are widespread, RUSI said. (end of excerpt)
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Maximising European Combat Air Power: Unlocking the Eurofighter's Full Potential
(Source: Royal United Services Institutes; issued July 06, 2015)
The Eurofighter Typhoon is likely to remain the backbone of European combat air capability for many years. With the right upgrades, it could remain combat effective throughout this lifetime.
Europe’s potential military rivals are developing modern aircraft which will out-class many of Europe’s current, legacy platforms. The F-35 was intended to be part of the solution; however, the programme has faced delays and escalating costs. Given these and challenging fiscal conditions, European states could consider how the Eurofighter Typhoon can bridge the gap until the widespread adoption of fifth-generation aircraft.
Maximising European Combat Air Power examines the potential of the Eurofighter to meet Europe’s air-power needs. The report draws on first-hand research to provide a thorough analysis of the Eurofighter’s existing strengths as well as the upgrades that would be required to ensure its future viability.
With sensible investments, the Eurofighter could continue to be an effective asset in Europe’s air forces and complement new aircraft as they become available.
click here for the full report (43 PDF pages) on the RUSI website.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The author of this report seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that the Eurofighter will be replaced by “the widespread adoption of fifth-generation aircraft.”
In fact, the UK and Italy both intend to keep the Eurofighter in service alongside the F-35, which being an attack aircraft will instead to replace their Tornados.
The problem is different – and trickier - for Germany, which has no clear plans to replace its Tornados after 2020, while its Typhoons have very limited air-to-ground capabilities and so will be challenged to stand in for Tornado.)
Eurofighter CEO Welcomes RUSI Report On Airpower
(Source: Eurofighter GmbH; issued July 6, 2015)
HALLBERGMOOS, Germany --- Eurofighter’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has welcomed a new report by the UK’s Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) to be launched today in London (July 6th) as ‘positive and encouraging’.
Alberto Gutierrez says the RUSI ‘Whitehall Report’ entitled, ‘Maximising European Combat Air Power: Unlocking the Eurofighter’s Full Potential’, proves beyond doubt the case for further investment in the aircraft programme to bring out the full potential of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
The Munich-based Eurofighter CEO says: “Given the current fragile geo-political situation we believe this is a timely and important report that deserves a far wider audience.”
The Report states that ‘the Eurofighter’s combination of high thrust-to-weight ratio, manoeuvrability at all speeds, 65,000-foot service ceiling, supercruise capability, powerful radar and large missile load ensures that it outclasses any currently operational fighter aircraft in the world with the exception of the US F-22 Raptor.’
“This is hugely encouraging,” says the Eurofighter CEO. “It is also noteworthy that the Report underlines the fact ‘the Eurofighter Typhoon will provide the backbone of Europe’s combat air power for at least a decade on from 2020’ and makes clear that the aircraft is expected to be ‘more than a match for any enemy aircraft well beyond 2030’.”
Gutierrez notes that, at the heart of the report, is a call for a continued ‘relatively modest level of sustained funding’ in the Programme to ‘fully optimise the aircraft’s multirole capabilities’. He says: “We believe this report is positive and encouraging because it makes such a strong case for the aircraft. It also demonstrates the value of investing in Eurofighter which is a long-term investment in the defence and security of those nations who operate our combat aircraft.”
Recent investments in the Eurofighter Programme around E-Scan radar, Brimstone, Storm Shadow and Meteor missiles and new launcher systems, have all been well-received.
The author of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) ‘Whitehall Report’ is Justin Bronk, a research analyst specialising in air power and technology in the Military Sciences team at RUSI.
Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced new generation swing-role combat aircraft currently available on the world market. Seven nations (Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman) have already ordered the Eurofighter Typhoon. Eurofighter Typhoon is currently the largest military procurement programme in Europe.
Its high technology strengthens the position of European aerospace industry in the international market. The programme secures more than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the programme on behalf of the Eurofighter Partner Companies: Finmeccanica - Alenia Aermacchi, BAE Systems and Airbus Defence and Space in Germany and Spain, which are the most important aviation and aerospace companies in Europe.
Since delivery of the first Eurofighter Typhoon to the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom at the end of 2003, a total of 436 aircraft have been delivered to six nations and close to 300,000 flying hours have been achieved.