The first of a new standard of Typhoon (Tranche 3) takes to the skies as part of its series of flight tests.
The world's most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft available on the market.

About Typhoon

Typhoon gives air forces the capability to effectively deliver a full spectrum of air operations - from air policing and peace support, through to high intensity conflict, thanks to its inherent flexibility and adaptability. The aircraft's swing-role capability provides the widest possible range of air-to-air and air-to-surface mission profiles. Together with our partners we have developed an aircraft that boasts unrivalled combat capability, impressive situational awareness, high survivability and the most advanced array of integrated sensors. In short, Typhoon is a total solution for any modern air force.


How it performs

Without question one of the Typhoon's defining qualities is its versatility:
  • Powered by two Eurojet EJ200 engines providing an excellent combat thrust-to-weight ratio in excess of 1.2:1 with 30% thrust growth available
  • Typhoon’s robust design and Flight Control System enables the pilot to fly aggressively to outmanoeuvre enemy aircraft under all combat conditions
  • Brakes off to take off in less than 8 seconds and supersonic under 30 seconds.
  • Brakes off to 36,000 feet Mach 1.6 in under 2½ minutes.



Paveway IV

Paveway™IV is the next generation guided weapon selected by the UK Ministry of Defence for the Precision Guided Bomb (PGB) programme.
Typhoon in flight
Typhoon in flight

In an environment where time sensitive targeting remains fundamental to success, Paveway™IV provides the ultimate in operational flexibility. The combat proven dual-mode guidance, together with height of burst and penetrating capability in one weapon system, enable the decision of target engagement to be made right up to the point of release.

It has been successfully integrated onto the Harrier GR9/9A and Tornado GR4 and under contract is being integrated onto Typhoon and Joint Combat Aircraft.  It expands the boundaries of traditional laser guided weapons and also exceeds the range of rival GPS guided bombs. The enhanced launch zone increases both weapon effectiveness and platform survivability.


How to build a Typhoon

The Typhoon has been developed by four of the world's leading aerospace companies.
How to build a Typhoon - workshare
How to build a Typhoon - workshare

The partner companies involved include ourselves, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany), Alenia Aermacchi of Italy and Airbus Defence and Space (Spain). Each of the European Partner Companies has responsibility for different elements of the aircraft build with production work-shares corresponding to the number of aircraft ordered by each nation. The partnership operates through Eurofighter GmbH, the company set up to manage the development and production of the Typhoon.


Supporting Typhoon on the Frontline

Typhoon on the flight line
Typhoon on the flight line

Getting the crews off the ground at such short notice called for a massive effort, not least from the men and women on our teams who support the RAF and UK MOD on a daily basis. But that’s what supporting Typhoon is all about.


The Typhoon helmet

Typhoon helmet - front and back view
Typhoon helmet - front and back view

The Eurofighter Typhoon’s latest weapon – isn’t something slung under the wing – but a system with 'brains'that sits on the pilot’s head.


Night vision goggles

New Night Vision Goggles are being trialed by Typhoon pilots at our Warton site.
Night Vision Goggles
Night Vision Goggles

Adding to the very latest technologies that the Helmet Mounted Symbology System offers along with the night compatible cockpit, the FENN NG2000Ti goggles will provide pilots with x-ray like vision right through the night. Night Vision Goggle trials are ongoing and demonstrate the continued efforts to integrate the latest technologies into the Typhoon system

Nat Makepeace, Typhoon project pilot tells us about his experience from the recent night trials.


Did you know?

  • A single load of Typhoon fuel can send a Ford Ka around the world 6 times
  • Typhoon can pull up to 9g which creates loads equivalent to no less than 30 elephants pressing down on the wings
  • Typhoon can fly from Lands End to John ‘O Groats (603 miles) in under 30 mins
  • Alternatively we could go from London to Birmingham in under 6 mins
  • From releasing its brakes a Typhoon can take off in under 8 seconds
  • Typhoon can be supersonic in under 30 seconds