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HA6613 Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 "Aggressor" ZJ914, IX(B) Sqn, Royal Air Force, RAF Lossiemouth, 2020

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine multi-role fighter built by a European consortium made up of the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. With 4 countries involved it is necessary to have what they call Tranches (similar to contracts) that are broken down into batches and blocks. The development of the Eurofighter began in 1983 with the prototype maiden flight of the Eurofighter taking place on March 27, 1994. The first fully equipped Tranche 2 Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA7) took to the skies on January 16, 2008.

Prior to 2019 RAF IX(B) Squadron had been equipped with the Tornado with the task of air defence of the Northern UK. In the same year the unit was disbanded and immediately reorganized as the first RAF Aggressor Squadron flying the Eurofighter Typhoon. Based at Lossiemouth, Scotland the unit continued to display the Bat on the tail and scheme became known as the “Batman painting”. ZJ914 was the first aircraft to receive the “Aggressor scheme”. Along with the “Aggressor role the squadron is also responsible for Quick Reaction Alert.

General Specifications For Eurofighter Typhoon EF-2000
Production Consortium – UK, Germany, Spain and Italy
Role - air defense and ground attack with full multi and swing-role capabilities
Production – Expected 623 / 9 Countries
Length Of Time To Produce Each Aircraft – 9,500 Hours / 248 Days
Dimensions
Wingspan – 10.95 m (35 ft 11 in) Length – 14.96 m (49 ft) Height – 5.28 m (17 ft 4 in)
Weight
Empty – 9,750 kg (21,495 lb) Maximum Takeoff – 23,500 kg (51,808 lb) Maximum External Stores – 6,500 kg (14,300 lb) Internal Fuel – 4,000 kg (8,818 lb)
Performance
Power Plants – 2 X EJ200 Turbofans With Afterburner - 20,000 lbf (90 kN) Each Engine Without Afterburner – 13,500 lbf (60 kN) Each Engine
Speed
Maximum – 2,125 km/h (1,320 mph) Minimum – 203 km/h (126 mph) Rate Of Climb – 255 m/s (836 ft/s) Service Ceiling – 18,290 m (60,000 ft)
Weapons
1 Internal 27 mm Mauser Gun 13 External Hardpoints / 5 X Under Fuselage 4 X Under Each Wing Missiles Air-To-Air AIM-120 AMRAAM AIM-132 ASRAAM AIM-9 Sidewinder IRIS-T MBDA Meteor Air-To-Surface AGM-65 Maverick AGM-68 HARM Brimstone Taurus KEPD 350 Storm Shadow/Scalp EG SPEAR 3 (FUTURE) Marte ER Anti-Ship Joint Strike (FUTURE) Bombs Paveway II/II/Enhanced Paveway (LGB) Small Diameter Bombs (FUTURE FOR P2E) JDAM (FUTURE) HOPE/HOSBO (FUTURE) Spice 250
Extras
Damocles (Targeting Pods) LITENING III Laser Targeting Pods Sniper advanced Targeting Pods Maximum 3 X Drop Tanks For Ferrying/ Extended Flights/ Loitering Time Conformal Tanks On Tranche 3 Or Later