Making the Eurofighter Typhoon of today fit for tomorrow

Celebrating 20 years in service, the Eurofighter Typhoon has outstanding performance as well as a wide range of weapons it can call upon and increasingly offers useful sensor capabilities. And, according to Jon Lake, some believe the Typhoon’s best years are still to come...

Eurofighter describes the Typhoon as the world’s most modern swing-role fighter, and the aircraft is in widespread service. Originally conceived as a quadrinational programme, the Typhoon is operational with the Air Forces of nine countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. But sales have slowed in recent years, and the Typhoon has lost out to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in several competitions, and to its principal European rival, the Dassault Rafale, in others.

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