Apparently the nations of Europe aren’t planning on going to war with each other anytime soon. If they did, they would be fighting against each other with the exact same aircraft, I guess it comes down to the pilot’s skill at that point. The Eurofighter Typhoon, or Europe’s answer to the 5th Generation fighter aircraft concept, is finally emerging on the world stage as a prominent export fighter aircraft. While people consistently try to compare this jet with the F-22 Raptor, it really doesn’t compete in many areas. The Eurofighter Typhoon’s primary attributes are its maneuvering and speed capabilites, while it falls short in the deep penetration role. There is only 1 pilot in the world who has flown both the F-22 Raptor and the Eurofighter Typhoon, and he basically confirms the previously held notions about the comparisons concerning maneuverability and stealth attributes.
“The Eurofighter is certainly, as far as smoothness of controls and the ability to pull (and sustain high G forces), very impressive,” he said. “That is what it was designed to do, especially the version I flew, with the avionics, the color moving map displays, etc. — all absolutely top notch. The maneuverability of the airplane in close-in combat was also very impressive.”
“The F/A-22 Raptor has stealth and supercruise…It has the ability to penetrate virtually undetected because of (those) capabilities. It is designed to be a penetrating airplane. It can maneuver with the best of them if it has to, but what you want to be able to do is get into contested airspace no matter where it is.”
And that about sums it up. The Eurofighter is an extremely impressive performer. But surely the Europeans already knew about the stealth capabilites of the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning. So what gives? Likely, the Eurofighter is the answer to the Russian Su-37 Terminator, and all of Europe has banded together to counter this plane, if it ever reaches sufficient production levels that is. Likewise, the European consortium of defense contractors probably couldn’t reach agreement and funding solutions as smoothly as the sole company responsible for both the F-22 and F-35, Lockheed Martin. By and far, the Eurofighter is an awesome plane, and thank god that it wasn’t built by a nation like China or Russia to use for saber rattling or something else…
Check out this cool Eurofighter Typhoon video.