I leave it to the experts to judge if those claims had merit; if so, for how long.Though electronically scanned radars offer faster scan rates, with search and track times up to one third quicker than those of mechanically scanned radars, the Captor-M enjoys significant advantages in range and azimuth coverage, and especially in range at the edges of the scan, where energy losses inherent in phase shifting can dramatically reduce the range performance of an AESA radar.
Ahead of the Tiger Meet later this month, Bavarian Tigers have unveiled the very first Eurofighter Typhoon in complete Tiger livery.
NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) is an annual multinational exercise that gathers squadrons sporting Tiger (or feline) emblems. Among the highlights of the meeting, is the fact that combat planes and helicopters often sport spectacular color schemes, making the event a treat for all aviation enthusiasts.
Bavarian Tigers, founded on Mar. 18, 2013, by the 741 and 742 squadrons of the German Air Force’s Jagdgeschwader 74 in Neuburg, that took over the Tiger Spirit from the 321 Squadron / Jagdbombergeschwader 32, will take part to this year’s NTM (with spotters days on Jun. 19 and 23) at Schleswig – Jagel, in northern Germany.
To celebrate the attendance to the NTM2014, the Fighterwing 74 has painted one of its Eurofighters with an awesome, flamboyant tiger outfit.
Image credit: Bavarian Tigers/German Air Force
Let’s hope the cool paint job will survive at least for some mission: last year, one of the Polish Air Force F-16 Block 52+ was given a special paint, most of which, unfortunately, peeled away during the ferry flight to Orland, Norway, that hosted the NTM2013.
Link: http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/news-media/press-releases/Airbus-Group/Financial_Communication/2015/07/20150715_airbus_defence_and_space_eurofighter_aerodynamic_upgrades.htmlIt entails primarily the addition of fuselage strakes and leading-edge root extensions, which increase the maximum lift created by the wing by 25% - resulting in an increased turn rate, tighter turning radius, and improved nose-pointing ability at low speed – all critical fighter capabilities in air-to-air combat.
I'm wondering what the point of this expense would be. Is it enough to enable it to outmaneuver a HOBS missile? Nope. Is it enough to prevent an adversary from getting a shot off with a 5th gen HOBS missile (the kind with full spherical coverage)? Nope. Sounds more like a desperate marketing gimmick to squeeze out a few more sales. Objectively, and realistically, what added capability does this give? If anybody thought this kind of incremental upgrade in maneuverability was worth it we'd see 3D TVC on everything, canards on F-15s, and AFTI F-16 configurations flying. We don't. Even the Russians ditched the canards on their latest Flanker version.totoro said:Would this also suggest that current variant of eurofighter is somewhat behind rafale in certain aspects of maneuverability? like low speed nose turning, subsonic sustained turn rate, etc?
So let's build 40 carrier versions. That'll be cheap.shedofdread said:
Well, obviously it is a bit more complicated. The Su-34 retained the canards for takeoff performance, that Su-30, Su-35, Mig-35 and PAK-FA all have TVC...sferrin said:
Does anybody actually believe it's needed? As Boeing's "Silent Eagle" and "Silent Hornet" show, a lot of the time there is no need, the manufacturer is just trying to drum up sales and convince people there is a need.shedofdread said:sferrin said:
Quite... But who's paying for this work package (it won't be being done speculatively)? That might point to why it's believed to be needed.
Canards appeared on the descendants of Su-27 because the center of gravity shifted forward.Avimimus said:Well, obviously it is a bit more complicated. The Su-34 retained the canards for takeoff performance, that Su-30, Su-35, Mig-35 and PAK-FA all have TVC...
kaiserd said:Returning the favour, confirmation deal signed:Grey Havoc said:http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2016/04/04/kuwait-may-finalize-eurofighter-deal-source-says/82610114/
Kuwait has ordered its aircraft equipped with an electronically scanned radar, which is being developed for the aircraft but has yet to be adopted by Eurofighters operated by the four launch partners on the program — Italy, the UK, Germany and Spain.
The radar is being developed by the European EuroRADAR consortium which is led by Finmeccanica.
LONDON—Qatar has signed a long-awaited letter of intent (LOI) to purchase up 24 Eurofighter Typhoons, further bolstering the planned fighter fleet of the tiny Gulf state.
In a surprise move, British Defense Minister Michael Fallon and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, signed the deal in Doha on Sept 17.
Qatari officials say that the agreement, which will solidify the defense cooperation and commitment between the two countries, will also lay the groundwork for “Qatar’s intentions toward procuring 24 advanced Eurofighter Typhoons and supporting capabilities.”
“After a number of years of negotiations between our two countries, I am delighted to have been able to sign today with Qatar’s defense minister this Statement of Intent on the purchase of 24 Typhoon aircraft by Qatar,” said Fallon.
He called the deal with Qatar an “important moment” in the defense relationship between the two countries.
“We also hope that this will help enhance security within the region across all Gulf allies and enhance Typhoon interoperability across the [Gulf Cooperation Council],” he added.
The LOI suggests that Qatar aims to curry favor by purchasing fighters from its three Western allies. It ordered 24 Dassault Rafales from France and made a Foreign Military Sales request from the U.S. for up to 72 Boeing F-15QA fighters, although Doha has ultimately settled on purchasing 36 of the aircraft.
Jointly, the three types will replace the 12 Mirage 2000s Qatar currently uses for air defense missions.
Several of the first batch of Qatari Rafales on order are now flying in France.
The growth of the Qatar Emiri Air Force is unprecedented, potentially boosting the air arm’s front-line fleet from the current 12 to 84 fighters of three different types. Although Qatar is not short of money, thanks to its huge deposits of natural gas, operating three different advanced fighters could create a logistics headache for such a small air arm. However, the move clearly sends a potent message, particularly given that Qatar is facing an air, land and sea blockade from its neighbors over its alleged support to terrorist groups across the Middle East.
If turned into a contract, an order for 24 Typhoons will be a significant lifeline to the Eurofighter program. Kuwait’s recent order for 28 aircraft will allow the four-nation consortium to push production out to 2023, and the Qatari order could continue production even longer, potentially allowing the aircraft to meet other future fighter requirements.
If it goes through with the Typhoon order, Qatar would become the fourth Middle East nation to order the aircraft after Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait.