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#1836 2008-01-18 03:03 GMT-5 hours    
16 January 2008
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- The first Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoon has made its first flight at EADS Military Air Systems’ site in Manching. Instrumented Production Aircraft Seven (IPA7) was piloted by EADS Test Pilot Chris Worning.

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The aircraft, a German single seat variant, represents the full Tranche 2 build standard and its first prominent task will be to accomplish Type Acceptance for Block 8, the first capability standard of Tranche 2, in April 2008. This work will be carried out together with the BAE Systems-operated IPA6 based at Warton. IPA6 (BS031) is essentially a Tranche 1 standard aircraft but utilizes the full Tranche 2 mission computer suite and avionics features. The first series of EJ200 engine flight testing for Tranche 2 was successfully concluded at the end of November with IPA2 in Italy.

The significant Tranche 2 capabilities focus mainly on the new mission computers which deliver the higher processing and memory capacity required for the integration of future weapons such as Meteor, Storm Shadow and Taurus. Differences in the build standard to Tranche 1 are related to changes in production technology or obsolescence.Based on the Tranche 2 production contract, signed on 14 December 2004, and the original export contract with Austria, the Eurofighter consortium will deliver 251 Tranche 2 weapon systems: 91 to the United Kingdom, 79 to Germany (including 15 aircraft originally contracted by Austria), 47 to Italy and 34 to Spain. Deliveries of Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoons to all four Partner Nations will begin in Summer 2008 and are scheduled to run until 2013. 32 aircraft are already in final assembly at the partner companies Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, EADS CASA and EADS Deutschland.

Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced new generation swing-role combat aircraft available on the market and has been ordered by six nations (Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). With 707 aircraft under contract, it is Europe’s largest military collaborative programme and delivers leading-edge technology, strengthening Europe’s aerospace industry in the global competition. More than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies are secured by the programme. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the programme on behalf of its shareholders Alenia Finmeccanica, BAE Systems, EADS CASA and EADS Deutschland, Europe’s foremost aerospace companies with a total turnover of €60.7 billion (2006).

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#1868 2008-01-20 17:07 GMT-5 hours    
One thing to note here is that unlike the British, Italian and Spanish aircraft the German aircraft to Block 5 standard and above do not possess the PIRATE FLIR system.

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#1874 2008-01-21 04:02 GMT-5 hours    
Hi Tom,
What is the reasoning behind that?

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#1875 2008-01-21 10:09 GMT-5 hours    
It's a national decision Ray, they opted not to have PIRATE fitted. They also opted not to have the full DASS system but retaining the RWR and MAW. No doubt driven by cash, national commitments and the manner in which they envisage using the aircraft.

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#2590 2008-06-01 21:39 GMT-5 hours    
What do you mean pirated flir system?And i have another question.Which airplane is better Rafale or Typhoon?

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#2659 2008-06-25 19:30 GMT-5 hours    
I think a flir system is a thermal imaging system, but pirated? I don't know. But as for the typhoon vs rafale I think the rafale is better because it can be carrier born.

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