Eurofighter Needs Upgrades to Exploit 15-Year Gap to F-35 Jet

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The Eurofighter GmbH warplane will remain a key element of western defenses beyond 2030 only if governments commit to costly capability upgrades, according to a report commissioned by the pan-national manufacturer.

The plane, made by an alliance of BAE Systems Plc, Airbus Group SE and Finmeccanica SpA, could be rendered obsolete once Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 becomes a mainstay of aerial defenses for the U.S. and its allies in 15 years, Royal United Services Institute researcher Justin Bronk said in the study.

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TYPHOON FITTED WITH BRIMSTONE MISSILE FOR THE FIRST TIME

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BAE Systems has completed the first full trial installation of MBDA’s Brimstone missile onto a Typhoon aircraft. The trial fit is an important milestone in demonstrating the integration of the missile with the aircraft and follows the successful completion of an initial £5M study contract awarded to BAE Systems by the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year. The trials are helping to pave the way for Brimstone 2 integration for the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) by 2018.

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