Older Typhoon jets, specifically 24 Tranche 1 examples, are to be retired.
The 24 oldest examples are in the basic Tranche 1 configuration.
The 2015 Defence Review had set aside the Tranche 1 jets for air defence duties as well as aggressor training work. These 24 jets had been expected to be fly until 2030.
The Defence Command Paper released today, titled ‘Defence in a Competitive Age‘, states:
“The Royal Air Force will retire equipment that has increasingly limited utility in the digital
and future operating environment. This will include rationalising older fleets to improve
efficiency, retiring Typhoon Tranche 1 by 2025, and Hawk T1.
We will enhance the new military flying training system with further investment in synthetic training that will deliver more capable pilots more quickly and more efficiently.”
The UK had 157 Typhoon jets in total, including 22 two seat trainer aircraft. It is unclear where this decision leaves the aggressor training capability.
This defence review was previously described by Boris Johnson as the largest review of its kind since the Cold War.