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UK to retire Tranche 1 Typhoons with more than half of airframe hours remaining

by Gareth Jennings

The UK's recently revealed plan to prematurely retire its Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft will see the fleet axed with more than half of its airframe fatigue life remaining, the government said on 7 September.

Answering questions in the House of Commons, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence, James Heappey, said that the Tranche 1 Typhoons that were earmarked for early retirement in the Defence Command Paper published on 22 March would be retired with an average of nearly 60% of their airframe fatigue lives remaining.

“There are 30 Typhoon Tranche 1 aircraft in the sustainment fleet and the projected average flying hours for each of the aircraft, when they reach their respective out-of-service date, is 2,544.8 flying hours,” Heappey said.

With the Typhoon notionally rated to an airframe life of 6,000 hours, 2,544.8 hours represent just 42.4% of airframe use. With this figure being averaged out across the fleet, a number of the more recently delivered aircraft will have flown significantly fewer hours than this. Of the 53 Tranche 1 aircraft received by the Royal Air Force (RAF), 30 remain in the inventory. Of these, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Janes that 20 are in active service while the remaining 10 are in storage.

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Any idea what are the capabilities of eurofighter tranche 1's @BMD ??
 

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The problem with Tranche 1s is that they can't be upgraded to AESA, so they're out-of-date.
You just need to put a good datalink on the aircraft, and normally if one in three aircraft has an AESA radar that is enough for all aircraft to benefit. This is the basis of net centric warfare.
They will have been withdrawn from service before our Mirage 2000s which have more or less the same characteristics, such as high speed and mechanical radar.
 
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No what all munitions can it use?? Can it use the meteor??
Yes. Weapons carriage is the same.
You just need to put a good datalink on the aircraft, and normally if one in three aircraft has an AESA radar that is enough for all aircraft to benefit. This is the basis of net centric warfare.
They will have been withdrawn from service before our Mirage 2000s which have more or less the same characteristics, such as high speed and mechanical radar.
We are not in the habit of keeping out-of-date aircraft in our air force and claiming them to be world-leading.
 

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No, you just have a habit of producing out-of-date aircraft a third of the way through their operational life and impossible to update.
So you're saying the Typhoon Tranche 1 was more out-of-date than a Mirage? Mmm'kay. A tout a l'heure.
 

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Italy backs UK radar for Eurofighter fleet modernisation


Italy appears set to join the UK in acquiring a Leonardo-built active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar as part of a modernisation activity for part of its Eurofighter combat aircraft fleet.

Announced on 14 September, the development comes after the defence ministries in Rome and London signed a Statement of Principles document related to collaboration on the European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk2 sensor.

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Source: Peter Foster/Shutterstock Rome intends to integrate Leonardo’s ECRS Mk2 sensor with some of its Eurofighters

“The move represents the first step towards Italy’s full participation in the ECRS Mk2 programme,” Leonardo says.

An joint team will soon begin work to incorporate Italian industry into the activity, which is already under way ahead of the future integration of new sensors with some of the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Eurofighter Typhoons.

“The first stage of collaboration, to take place this autumn, will see a team of engineers from Leonardo’s Nerviano, Milan-based radar site join the Mk2 development team at Leonardo’s Edinburgh site,” the company says.

These personnel will be involved in continued development work, and in “acquiring system design capabilities that will ensure that the Italian MoD has sovereign control over the new radar system at every stage of its operational life”, Leonardo says.

Rome is the last of the four core Eurofighter nations to have selected an AESA radar, with Germany and Spain on course to field ECRS Mk1 sensors produced by Hensoldt and Indra, respectively. Export customers Kuwait and Qatar, meanwhile, will field Typhoons equipped with Mk0 sensors.

Leonardo says initial system hardware for the UK’s AESA standard is on schedule for delivery to BAE Systems’ Warton site in Lancashire next year, for aircraft integration and flight trials use. Initial operational capability with the RAF is due to be achieved during 2025.

ECRS Mk2 radar

Source: Leonardo Leonardo is advancing AESA radar testing for the UK at its Edinburgh facilities

As part of a UK-led Typhoon offer to Finland, Helsinki has also been offered industrial participation in the ECRS Mk2 programme. A decision on the nation’s HX contest is expected later this year, with the Eurofighter facing competition from the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Lockheed Martin F-35A and Saab Gripen E/F.