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Luftwaffe Eurofighters gain air-to-ground capability

20 December 2017
Luftwaffe Eurofighters have gained an air-to-ground capability to deliver laser- and GPS-guided GBU-48 bombs. Source: Luftwaffe

Eurofighters of the Luftwaffe’s Taktische Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Force Squadron, TaktLwG) 31 “Boelcke” in Nörvenich have gained an air-to-ground capability to deliver laser- and GPS-guided Guided Bomb Unit 48 (GBU-48) bombs, the Luftwaffe announced on 18 December. This is in addition to the service’s existing air-to-air capability, meeting the requirement for Eurofighter to be multirole.

During the symbolic handover of a GBU-48 to the Luftwaffe on 18 December, Major General Günter Katz, commander of the German air force command’s flying units, said the squadron’s recent certification for its new role is the last step towards achieving an all-weather, precision-guided air-to-ground capability.

TaktLwG 31 is the first of four Luftwaffe Eurofighter squadrons to become multirole. The squadron deployed Eurofighters to the Vidsel test range in Sweden in September for trials in the air-to-ground role before national tactical verification in October. Maj Gen Katz said TaktLwG 31’s pilots and technicians would share their experiences with the three other Eurofighter squadrons.

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