Eurofighter Typhoon

Operator: Status: Number: Cost: Acquired:
Saudi Arabia In Service/On Order 51/21 $8.86 billion Contract signed: 11/2007; First aircraft delivered: 11/2009
Oman On Order 12 GBP 2.5 billion Ordered: 12/2012
Kuwait On Order 28 $4.51 billion Deal finalized April 5, 2016
General Specs
Country of origin: Joint venture between UK, Italy, Germany and Spain
Role: Multirole Fighter
Manufacturer: Europefighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH (consortium of Airbus Defence & Space, BAE Systems and Alenia Aermacchi)
Introduced: First flight: March 27, 1994
Power plant: 2 x Eurojet EJ200 Turbojets (Eurojet comprising of Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, Avio and ITP)
Thrust: Dry: 13,500 lb (60 kN)
Afterburner: 20,000 lb per engine (90 kN)
Wingspan: 35 ft 11 in (10.95 m)
Length: 52 ft 4 in (15.96 m)
Height: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)
Weight (empty): 24,250 lb (11,000 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight: 51,809 lb (23,500 kg)
Fuel Capacity (internal): 11,014.3 lb (4,996 kg / 6,215 liters)
Speed: Mach 2
Ceiling: 55,000 ft
Range: Combat radius: 863 miles (1,389 km)
Crew: 1 or 2
Armament: 13 x hardpoints or 16,535 lb (7,500 kg)
Guns: 1 x 27mm Mauser Gun
Air-to-air: AIM-9L Sidewinder
Air-to-ground: AGM-65 Maverick
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-58 Paveway II
GBU-22 Paveway III
GBU-24 Paveway III
Paveway IV
Storm Shadow
Taurus KEPD 350
Radar/Sensors: CAPTOR Mechanical Scan Radar or Captor-E AESA Radar
LITENING Targeting Pod
Electro-Optic targetin system
Countermeasures/ Defenses: Flare dispensers
Chaff dispensers
Laser warners
Missile warners
Wing tip ESM/ECM pods
Towed decoy
Misc Systems: Multifunction Information and Distribution System (MIDS)
GPS Navigation
Inertial Navigation System (INS)
Secure and non-secure UHF and VHF radio


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