The British Aerospace Typhoon is the latest fighter produced by British Aerospace for the Royal Air Force. It was developed from the technology demonstrator, the British Aerospace EAP. The BAe EAP first flew on 8 August 1986, and the Typhoon first flew on 15 June 1995. The BAe EAP was simply intended to demonstrate some fighter technologies including structures, aerodynamics, and flight control systems. It was also intended to demonstrate human-machine interface technologies. The EAP over seven years of flight testing, the EAP demonstrated a new approach in fighter aircraft systems. There was originally no intention of turning the EAP into an operational aircraft. The original intention was to form a partnership with Dassault to develop an Anglo-French fighter. The Anglo-French arrangement collapsed as Dassault and BAe could not agree on engine choice, or program leadership. The French developed its own ACX demonstrator into the Dassault Rafale. The development process was protracted because of changing requirements (it went from an air defence fighter, to a full fledged multi-role combat aircraft, or a family of aircraft including a strike fighter, and a defence suppression aircraft), and the desire of the Government to get the entire aircraft working properly before operational service.

The significant delay meant that the initial Typhoon has many of the features that would be upgrades on aircraft such as the Rafale, including conformal fuel tanks, thrust vectoring, and an IRST device.


General CharacteristicsEdit

  • Crew: one, pilot (or two, pilot and instructor (T.2))
  • Length: 52 ft 5 in (15.96 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 11 in (10.95 m)
  • Height: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)
  • Empty weight: 24,250 lb (11,000 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 51,800 lb (23,500 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 Rolls-Royce Meon
    • Dry thrust: 60 kN (13,500 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 90 kN (20,000 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed: Mach 2+ (1,500 mph, 2,414 km/h)
  • Range: 1,840 mi (2,900 km)
  • Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (19,810 m)
  • Rate of climb: >62,000 ft/min (>315 m/s)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.16


  • Cannon: Aden 25 25mm cannon
  • External armament load: 16,500lb (7500kg)
    • 4 fuselage recesses for AAMs
    • 1 centreline and 8 underwing pylons for various stores (AAMs, AGMs, bombs, rockets, targeting pods, electronics pods, reconnaissance pods, fuel tanks)


  • BAe Typhoon T.1: Twin seat conversion trainer (fully combat capable)
  • BAe Typhoon FGR.2: Single seat strike fighter
  • BAe Typhoon GR.3: Proposed twin seat strike aircraft



Typhoon T.1Edit


Typhoon FGR.2Edit


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