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According to Philip Dunne, Minister of State (Defence Procurement), Typhoon is to receive Storm Shadow and Meteor in 2018.

The information comes from a written response to a parliamentary question and is displayed below.

Asked by Mr Kevan Jones (MP for North Durham):
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on integrating the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft with (a) Storm Shadow missiles, (b) Meteor missiles, (c) the DASS radar system and (d) other avionics.”

Answered by Mr Philip Dunne:
“The UK is committed to a series of phased enhancement programmes for Typhoon to increase its overall capability. Under current plans, the in-service dates on Typhoon will be August 2018 for Storm Shadow, and June 2018 for Meteor. Integration trials on both weapons are continuing. The Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS) is an existing part of the UK Typhoon fleet and is subject to continued review and enhancement. Separate development of an Active Electronic Scanned Array radar for Typhoon also continues.”

Meteor is an active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) being developed by MBDA. The system will offer a multi-shot capability against long range manoeuvring targets in a heavy electronic countermeasures (ECM) environment with range in excess of 100 km.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent news ………. Especially as they’re going to keep the Tranche 1 aircraft as well. Fingers crossed this goverment is waking up to what this country needs, a strong military!

  2. Perfect! There has been a distinct lack of speed in getting the Typhoon up to date with the latest radar and weapon systems to reduce pressure on the already tired Tornado.
    This has impacted on export sales where the Rafale is a good solid leap ahead in this area.

    • I am in the real world. Suchoi’s and Migs are very effective, it’s not personal preference it is logic.
      What happened in the recent tests with RAF and the Indian AF?
      Joint Strike Fighter is the way forward.

    • Those test with the AF suchoi’s were garbage the claims of a white wash were rubbished, typhoons were more than a match for migs and suchoi’s in the recent red flag in the states, superb fighter

    • They didn’t even fly with combat radar and systems on lol it was air orientation and getting the AF oriented and used flying conditions I recommend you read the raf’s response to that garbage

    • Sukhoi and MiGs are effective…less so the MiG as a much older design. The Su series of Sukhoi are very good but also rely on an airframe that was designed 40 years ago and despite bolt on upgrades has changed little in design itself.
      Regardless your logic is just another civilian who tries to enforce his flawed opinion on people who know a whole lot more

    • The Typhoon is a brilliant aircraft; moreover the RAF copies are actually assembled in this country with a significant British workshare in the overall manufacture. The design was heavily influenced by British engineering and industrial leadership, especially after the tumult of the French withdrawal. The project as a whole, although most certainly not without its faults, represents one of the better examples of international industrial cooperation and possibly one of the best, as far as the United Kingdom is concerned.

      Even if the fighter was a lemon – which it is not – it would be a grand folly to discard the Tranche One aircraft. It is fortunate that they are now to be kept and some if not all of the fleet will be integrated with dedicated air-to-ground capabilities, something that, at least in my humble opinion, should have been funded several years ago.

      Typhoon could well have been entirely designed and built within this country (with some foreign components, of course). That would however have required for a start far more money than HMG was willing to invest, thus it never came to be.

      Just as far as the MiG-29 and other Russian aircraft of that generation, I think it is rather the opposite case. The Typhoon quite simply excels in WVR combat and her air-to-air repertoire, not to mention the upgraded CAPTOR radar, would make matters very difficult for any hostile combatant in a BVR environment. That is not complacent: the Typhoon was precisely for the purpose of fighting Warsaw Pact aircraft in the skies over Europe and the multirole configuration of the fighter, which places principal impetus on air-to-air combat, reflects that.

    • We do build a good deal of this aircraft. Its largely based on a British test aircraft and most of the ‘push’ for weapon systems etc. are British. You suggest this aircraft is not good? The people using it don’t seem to agree with you. I don’t think the RAF have a problem with the Russian aircraft at all.

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