This is one of the prototypes of the Eurofighter Typhoon. The UK, Germany, Italy and Spain formed the Eurofighter company and worked together to develop the many advanced features of this state-of-the-art machine.
The Typhoon is a key part of the current Royal Air Force’s equipment. It is a highly capable and extremely agile fourth-generation multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed for the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict. The Eurofighter also builds on a long history of British multi-role fighters and other European collaborative projects.
The Typhoon was initially deployed in the air-to-air role as the Typhoon F2. The current FGR4 has acquired a variety of weapons, and is capable of engaging numerous target types. The pilot performs many essential functions through the aircraft’s ‘hands on throttle and stick’ (HOTAS) interface which, combined with an advanced cockpit and the ‘Helmet Equipment Assembly’ (HEA), renders Typhoon superbly equipped for all aspects of air operations.
Although the Typhoon has flown precision attack missions in all its combat deployments to date, its most essential role remains the provision of quick reaction alert (QRA) for UK and Falkland Islands airspace. Detachments have also reinforced NATO air defence in the Baltic and Black Sea regions.