In 1983, Britain, France, Spain, Italy and West Germany formed a consortium to produce a European answer to the Su-27 and the Mig 29. France left the consortium in 1985 and Dassault subsequently produced the Rafale. In August 1986, Aeritalia and BAe got the first technology demonstrator known as EAP into the air. EAP tested the quadruplex Fly By Wire system and automated wing camber. However progress was slow and it wasn't until 27 March 1994 that EF 2000, named Typhoon in 1998, first flew. (Germany was actually against the Eurofighter being named the Typhoon)
Typhoon is a twin-engine canard delta. It differed from Rafale and Sweden's Gripen in having the canards set well forward. In 1995 the Typhoon was fitted with EJ 200, two-spool turbofan rated at 20 250lb of thrust at max speed. The ECR 90 multi-mode radar is supplemented by a "two-colour" Infra-Red Search and Track system. Fitted with the latest glass cockpit displays as well as Defensive Aids Subsystem that provides threat warnings and automatic countermeasures. Most systems are automated to reduce the pilot's workload. Armament comprises a 27mm Mauser cannon, 4 AIM-120 AMRAAMS and 2-4 Sidewinder missiles. Max speed is rated at Mach 2 plus, service ceiling is 18287 m and rate of climb is 305 m/sec.
This is Italeri's offering of the twin-seat Typhoon in 1/48 scale. The model depicts one of the prototype / flight evaluation aircraft used by the RAF. Weathering was kept to a minimum except for some streaks and leaks on the lower aft fuselage and burner cans. Model Master enamels were used to add colour to the kit. Panel lines were highlighted using a pencil.
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