The Project On Typhoon Eurofighter

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The project on Typhoon Eurofighter began during period of the Cold war in 1980s, when Western countries were concerned about the presence of advanced agile fighter aircrafts in USSR, that were much better than the aircrafts that US and UK had (BBC, 2003). According to some sources Britain started to look more seriously at a new aircraft design: an inexpensive and small fighter aircraft. The RAF needed to replace Jaguar that were going out of date (McLelland, 2013). But while the concept was being considered, it became obvious that a more capable aircraft was required for the RAF New tactical aircraft was necessary, exceeding the performance of American and Soviet ones. Having experience in collaboration on Tornado aircrafts with few European countries, the West German, British and French governments started discussing this issue and consider the possibility of working together on a new programme in 1977. A few years later Spain joined the programme. Interests in four nations were air-to-air superiority. The air-to-surface superiority was the second priority but France had different perspective, willing air-to-surface first rather than air-to-air, which led to France’s withdrawal from the programme (BBC, 2003) The main goal of the project was building a fighter aircraft with air-to-surface superiority that would meet Air Forces needs and outperform Soviet MiG-29 in face of the Cold War. The key objective was high performance in terms of capabilities of the aircraft, its

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