The EUROFIGHTER Typhoon is a fourth-generation multirole fighter developed by the four partner nations in the Eurofighter programme, namely Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. The twin-engined single-seater jet boasts cutting-edge navigation and control systems (fly-by-wire) which ensure extremely good manoeuvrability and agility at low as well as high speeds of up to Mach 2.
In Austria, the EUROFIGHTER is used for air surveillance and was already called into service during the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, for example, and to secure the airspace during the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in cooperation with the Swiss Air Force, and has also been deployed at other major events.
The Armed Forces will be demonstrating the agility of their Eurofighter at AIRPOWER16 with both a solo display and a simulated interception of a C-130 Hercules by a pair of Eurofighters. Plus fans will be able to get up close and personal with the twin-engine, canard-delta wing fighter: the Static Display will feature an example from Austria as well as two British and three German "Typhoons", including one with tiger paintwork and one in a special livery that celebrates "60 Years of the Air Force". For the ultimate memento, though, fans will have a unique opportunity to sit in a full-size replica of an Austrian Armed Forces Eurofighter at AIRPOWER16 and have their photo taken.
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||Airbus Defence & Space (formerly EADS)|
|In use in the AAF since||2007|
|Max. take-off weight||23,000 kg|
|Max. speed||2,495 km/h roughly Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound)|
|Service ceiling||16,765 m|
|Power plant||2x Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan|
|Thrust||2x 90 kN (with afterburner)|
|Display||flying + static|