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German Typhoons to be fully air-to-ground capable in 2017

29 September 2013

The German Air Force is expecting to field a fully air-to-ground capable Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft in 2017, a senior military official said in late September.

While Germany's Typhoons have been used almost exclusively for air defence, the integration of the GBU-48 precision-guided bomb in 2017 should make them ground attack also. (Cassidian)While Germany's Typhoons have been used almost exclusively for air defence, the integration of the GBU-48 precision-guided bomb in 2017 should make them ground attack also. (Cassidian)

Speaking at the IQPC Close Air Support conference in London, Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Section Head Tactical Reconnaissance, German Air Force, said that aircrew training with the Raytheon GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II 1,000 lb precision-guided bomb will commence in 2014, ahead of an initial operating capability being declared in 2015/16. Full operating capability and NATO assignment of the Typhoon-GBU-48 combination will follow the year after.

Having entered service with the German Air Force as an air-defence fighter in 2004, the Typhoon was supposed to have been cleared for full ground-attack duties in 2012 (the first air-to-surface capable aircraft was actually handed over to Fighter Bomber Wing [Jagdbombergeschwader - JBG] 31 'Boelcke' in December 2009).



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