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    Pictures: Heaviest ever Eurofighter Typhoon test configuration flying

    Eurofighter has released a series of photographs of the Typhoon fighter aircraft in its heaviest configuration to date as it continues its evolution into a multi-role strike aircraft

    The test aircraft pictured below took off from EADS Military Air Systemsí Aerodrome at Manching, southern Germany earlier this week. It is one of several development and instrumented production aircraft (IPA) in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK now supporting flight test activities.

    EADSís IPA3 is pictured carrying four Raytheon Paveway II 450kg (1,000lb) laser-guided bombs, an air-to-air missile fit of four Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAMs and two BGT IRIS-Ts and three external fuel tanks at a maximum take-off weight of almost 24t.

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    I think the sexiest looking fighter outside the F-22 is the EF-2000. Too bad these two are enemies in the open market.

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    RE: Pictures: Heaviest ever Eurofighter Typhoon test configuration flying

    Yes, the Typhoon is a very pretty aircraft but, I feel the 'most elegant' aircraft ever designed is the YF-23!

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    A lot of people confuse the Typhoon for an F-16D Block50/52/60 from the front because of the engines slung under the cockpit, similar cockpit, and single tailfin. From the side, its totally different.

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    Can it carry 2,000lb bombs such as the Mk84?

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    Grand, thats a lot of ordinance, but dosn't the Tornado ADV have a heavier weapons load?

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    no, the Tornado F3 has max A2G load of 4 AMRAAM and 4 ALARM. i think its technically possible to hang dumb bombs off the recessed fuselage pylons, but i don't think the AC has any software to aim them - certainly nothing guided (paveway, JDAM etc..). at a push you could stick rocket pods on the main wing pylon, but you'd have no chance of hitting owt.

    some F3's have been modified to take 8 ALARM and no AMRAAM, but only a dozen or so.

    all F3's can use the outer wing hardpoints for stormshadow ECM pods and BOZ chaff/flare pods so as Typhoon takes over the fighter/interceptor role the F3's will fulfill a SEAD role - but its really an afterthought/swansong.

    some thought was given to giving them a new lease of life with a A2G electronic suite and the capability to use the Storm Shadow ALCM to make them fully capable SEAD AC's, but it was pretty expensive and got binned.

    note: two totally different items use the name 'stormshadow', 1st is an ECM pod, 2nd is a new 160 mile range GPS guided ALCM. not confusing at all...
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    Well India better go with the Eurofighter when they decide on which MRCA to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hello
    A lot of people confuse the Typhoon for an F-16D Block50/52/60 from the front because of the engines slung under the cockpit, similar cockpit, and single tailfin. From the side, its totally different.
    Are you sure you don't mean the F-16XL?
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    There's a Tornado GR.1 ground attack version I believe. It may have a heavier weapon load than the EF.

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    Slightly off topic, but does anyone know the designation of the concrete bombs that the typhoons used during IOF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HistoricalDavid
    Can it carry 2,000lb bombs such as the Mk84?
    On the wet pylons perhaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HistoricalDavid
    Can it carry 2,000lb bombs such as the Mk84?
    Yes, it will be equipped with GBU-24(909kg) as well as with Taurus KEPD 350 (The German and the Spanish ones-1400kg).
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    On http://www.airpower.at/ the most common weapon configurations of the Typhoon are presented.
    Direkt linking is not possible. You have to click on the "Eurofighter Typhoon" picture on the left side and then choose "Bewaffnung" on the top of the screen.
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