By February 2019, the RAF’s Tornado GR1 and Tornado GR4 variants will have completed nearly 29 years of continuous combat ops. Serving as the backbone of the RAF’s strike capability throughout those years as its master mud-mover, the Tornado GR4 is a hard act to follow. Jon Lake reviews the work being undertaken to equip Typhoon with the required punch of the Tonka
MILITARY EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON
The RAF’s Typhoon force is preparing to take on all of the weapons capabilities of the soon-to-retire Tornado GR4, as well as revolutionary new air-to-air capabilities. These are being integrated on Typhoon as part of a wide-ranging upgrade known as Project Centurion. Centurion was apparently so named because it is planned to be delivered in 2018, the RAF’s centenary year. Centurion will see the integration of a range of new weapons on the Typhoon as well as enhancing the aircraft’s sensors, avionics and software.