Eurofighter Typhoons Belonging to the US-led Anti-Daesh coalition flew 1000 sorties, dropping 850 Paveway 4 bombs in Iraq and Syria since 2015 as part of operation SHADER.
SHADER is the operational code name given to the contribution of the United Kingdom in the ongoing military intervention against IS militants. The operation began in Iraq on 26 September 2014, following a formal request for assistance by the Iraqi government.
Each mission consists of a pair of Typhoons and the operational activity equates to over 10,000 flying hours, during which the aircraft has delivered more than 850 Paveway IV weapons.
As a multi-role aircraft, Typhoon offers Air to Air operations with precision strike Air to Surface operations using Paveway IV laser-guided weapon and 27mm cannon. The Litening III Advanced Targeting Pod generates a fidelity of coordinates that permits immediate self-strike capability, significantly reducing the time to prosecute time-sensitive targets.
An RAF Spokesman said, “Use of the Paveway IV GPS precision-guided munition together with its advanced sensors have enabled Typhoon to be considered almost the platform of choice for operations against the targets around Raqqa."
“One of the fundamental reasons why is because of the weapons load Typhoon is able to carry. It can fly with four Paveway IVs without any detrimental impact on its Air to Air capability, when other aircraft in the Coalition forces usually carry just two. Therefore it’s able to strike, if required, four targets simultaneously.” The RAF spokesperson added.
“It’s worth noting that within 24 hours of the decision to deploy Typhoon, aircraft were striking targets in Syria.” He added.
A recent 1(F) Squadron post-Operational report states that Typhoon has employed Paveway IV effectively in all of its modes, including GPS, Laser, Desired impact angle or azimuth.
The Eurofighter Typhoon will form the 'spear point' of the UKs future combat air defence capability alongside the F-35 Lightning, Harriett Baldwin, the UK Minister for Defence Procurement has said. “We see Typhoon as very much strengthening UK defence and the first quality I would highlight is its reliability; it has an engine that goes over 1,000 flying hours without needing unscheduled maintenance,” Harriett Baldwin MP, the UK Minister for Defence Procurement, was quoted as saying by BAE Systems Thursday
France and Germany could develop a future European fighter jet to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale. The fighter program could expand from the current Anglo-French combat drone program
Italian Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoons will be deployed at Graf Ignatievo Airbase in Bulgaria to patrol the Black Sea region as part of NATO's Southern Air Policing mission. For the Air Defence mission the Typhoon can load two 1,500 litre drop-tanks, four Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs), four AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), and an internal Mauser BK-27 27 mm cannon, the company said in a statement Tuesday
The first live firing of MBDAs Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon has been successfully completed as part of ongoing development work to significantly upgrade the capability of the aircraft. The trial is part of work to integrate the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package for Typhoon, which will also deliver further sensor and mission system upgrades
First batch of the BAE Systems Typhoon fighters were received by the Air Force of Oman (RAFO) Wednesday. They were delivered under the auspices of Major General Matar bin Ali Al Obaidani Commander of RAFO, at the Adam Air Base
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Eurofighter consortium has pitched its Typhoon fighter jet for Polish air force's future combat aircraft requirement at MSPO show in Kielce from 5-8 September. "Eurofighter Typhoon augments existing capabilities and further complements a powerful deterrence against any potential threat to Polands borders
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