Just a few days after participating in a complex exercise in Al Dhafra, AbuDhabi and with aircraft still in Malaysia for exercise BERSAMA LIMA 11, twoTyphoon jets will appear at the 2011 Dubai Air Show 2011. At the event, where aTyphoon will be flying daily in the air display, Eurofighter will have a largepavilion to exhibit the latest technologies developed for the worlds mostadvanced multi-role combat aircraft.
The presence of the two jets at the most important air show in the regionwill be further proof of the excellent deployment capabilities of the Typhoon,already proven during Libyan operations when jets from the Royal Air Force andItalian Air Force redeployed to Southern Italy air bases to operate in supportof United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.
The deployment in Libya has clearly defined the key functions of theaircraft, ranging from the vital task of air superiority, with the capabilityto engage multiple targets at long, medium or short range using AMRAAM, IRIS-Tor ASRAAM missiles, to the newly established surface attack role, striking atlong range with precision weapons. In addition, Typhoon delivered close airsupport to ground forces including the supply of intelligence, a show offorce and weapon attack.
Participation in the Libyan operations marked the combat debut of the Typhoonand the first time it has been used as a swing-role platform. Typhoon coveredtwo vital roles over Libya that were previously discharged by two separate platforms.
The fact that the airframe is largely constructed of carbon fibre compositesand light alloys to save weight meaning it consumes less fuel and can carrymore weapons was never more vital than on the five hour plus missions along the Libyan coastline and after six months of operations, Dubai Air Show 2011 is aperfect showcase for the Typhoon.
At the show, Eurofighter will display a selection of the range ofcapabilities for the Typhoon, including:
- The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar which thanksto the large aircraft nose, allows for an optimised array with the addition ofan innovative re-positioner to broaden the field of regard to more than 200degrees, some 50% wider than traditional fixed plate AESA radar systems.
- The most advanced Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS) whichforms a key component of the Eurofighter Typhoon weapon system, improvingtactical performance for Eurofighter pilots by providing essential flight andweapon aiming information through line of sight imagery.- The Meteor missile - considered the "game changer" in terms ofkill probability thanks to its dynamic performances, speed and range.- The Marte anti-ship missile.
- The Thrust Vectoring Nozzle (TVN) for the Eurojet EJ200 engines.
These technological developments on the Typhoon open the door to industrialcollaborations between local industries and the Eurofighters partner companieskeen to develop the partnership with aerospace and high-tech companies in thegrowing technology and industrial base of the Gulf region.
Already in service with the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), the Typhoon isconsidered the perfect "desert eagle". The aircraft already demonstrates itsfull capabilities in the arid, hot and humid climate of the Gulf region. Thanksto its exceptional thrust-to-weight ratio, the Typhoon suffers less than otherfighters in the difficult environmental conditions and is able to exploit atfull its payload capability and range performances.
Totally interoperable with current and future Gulf and allied air forcesassets, the Typhoon is the perfect coalition fighter to offer deterrence to theGulf States today and in the future.
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