Airbus has brought a full-size replica of the Eurofighter Typhoon to CANSEC to support its bid to supply the Royal Canadian Air Force with 88 new combat aircraft under the Future Fighter Capability Project, which is to replace the entire fleet of CF-18 and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from 2025/26.
The replica is displayed with a range of weapons that illustrate the Typhoon’s swing-role capability, including Diehl Defence Iris-T, Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM and MBDA Meteor air-to-air missiles, along with precision-guided weapons in the form of the Spear and Dual-Mode Brimstone missiles from MBDA, and the Paveway IV bomb from Raytheon. Other weapon systems that can be carried include the MBDA Storm Shadow stand-off precision attack missile, and the Marte ER anti-ship missile.
Airbus is leading the marketing effort in Canada on behalf of the Eurofighter consortium, which also includes Leonardo from Italy and the UK’s BAE Systems.
The company is highlighting the Typhoon’s combat-proven interoperability with other NATO aircraft, as demonstrated by operations over Libya in 2011, and ongoing operations over Iraq and Syria.
Eurofighter is now producing Typhoons for the Kuwaiti air force, which will be the first to feature an AESA ‘e-scan’ radar.
The Leonardo-led Euroradar consortium has developed the Captor-E radar for installation in the Typhoon, including a mechanical repositioning capability to increase its effective field of regard. AESA capability forms a part of the Canada bid.