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Eurofighter Typhoon visits LIMA for first time

Malaysia courtesy BAE Systems and Geoffrey Lee
The Eurofighter Typhoon will be flying across the skies of Langkawi for the first time as a UK Royal Air Force aircraft participates in one of the most important global defence and security shows, LIMA 2011, which takes place in Langkawi, Malaysia, from 6-10 December.

Just a few days after particpating at the Dubai Air Show and with aircraft still in Malaysia following Exercise BERSAMA LIMA, the Typhoon will excite the crowds with displays demonstrating its incredible agility and speed.     

Four RAF Typhoon aircraft from 6 Squadron flew from their base in Scotland to the Royal Malaysian Air Force airbase in Butterworth, Malaysia to take part in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA marking the 40th Anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Arrangement (FPDA), and whilst in the region wanted to reflect the importance of the air force to air force relationship by attending this prestigious exhibition.

Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat aircraft.  It meets current and future fast combat air needs and provides best-in-class combat effectiveness and operational flexibility. The Typhoon is capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations from air policing and peace support, through to high intensity conflict. Typhoon aircraft have recently been deployed on operations and have performed exceptionally well, demonstrating outstanding levels of availability and maintainability.
 
BAE Systems’ Typhoon Test Pilot, Nat Makepeace, spoke about flying during the show:
“I am delighted to be at LIMA 2011 flying the Eurofighter Typhoon. I am hoping to show the tremendous power and agility of this fantastic aircraft during the daily displays. It is a wonderful opportunity to be in Malaysia and I am very grateful to have the chance to fly the aircraft during this international air show”.

At the show, Eurofighter will display a selection of the capabilities of the Typhoon, including:
•    Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The large aircraft nose allows for an optimised array with the addition of an innovative re-positioner to broaden the field of regard to more than 200 degrees, some 50% wider than traditional fixed plate AESA radar systems.
•    The most advanced Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS) which forms a key component of the Eurofighter Typhoon weapon system improving tactical performance for Eurofighter pilots by providing essential flight and weapon aiming information through line of sight imagery. Information imagery includes aircraft’s flight parameters, weapons status and aiming all projected on the HEA (Helmet Equipment Assembly) visor.
•    The Meteor missile, considered the “game changer” in terms of kill probability thanks to its dynamic performances, speed and range.
•    Eurojet’s EJ200 engine, the most advanced military engine available on the market.

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