The Spanish Air and Space Force (SASF) is currently using its Eurofighter EF-2000 Instrumented Production Aircraft 4 (IPA4) to support a flight test campaign focusing on the integration of Lockheed Martin’s AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP) onto the Typhoon fleets employed by the air arms of Kuwait and Qatar.
Using the callsign ‘TIFON91’, EF-2000 (C.16-20/11-91/IPA4) was seen landing at Airbus’ facility in Getafe, Spain, after completing a test flight with the Sniper ATP – which was fitted to the multi-role fighter’s centreline fuselage hardpoint – over the Bardenas Reales Bombing Range in Zaragoza on November 11. This test mission lasted for an hour-and-a-half and supported continued efforts to integrate the Sniper ATP onto the platform.
The Kuwait Air Force became the first Eurofighter operator to equip its fleet with the Sniper ATP when deliveries of the fighter began in December 2021. The nation ordered 18 Sniper ATPs for its newly acquired Typhoon fleet in September 2016. The Typhoon became the ninth different military aircraft type to become compatible with the Sniper ATP, after variants of the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, A-10, B-1, B-52, F-2 and Harrier received the Lockheed Martin-developed system. The Qatar Emiri Air Force also opted to equip its Typhoon fleet with the Sniper ATP – being the second operator of the type to do so – and also opted to equip its Rafale fighters with the system in 2018.