Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 takes to the skies
The first of a new standard of Typhoon has started its series of flight tests. The latest Typhoon, known as a Tranche 3, represents a major stepping stone in the evolution of one of the world’s leading combat aircraft.
The Tranche 3 standard embodies a number of under the skin changes that effectively future-proof the aircraft and make it more attractive to current and potential export customers.
Taken together there have been hundreds of modifications, changes and additions which effectively means Typhoon has now taken a massive step forward.
Mark Kane, BAE Systems Managing Director - Combat Air said: “For casual observers the aircraft is little changed from its sleek predecessor but it has a number of provisions that will allow it to take on additional capability in the future. One of the few visual clues is a number of small panels on the fuselage which are there to accommodate the fitting of conformal fuel tanks.
Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises, LLC, has announced that the Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)/strike aircraft completed its first flight on December 12, 2013.
The aircraft took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, and conducted a range of handling manoeuvrs for approximately 1.4 hours of flight. The flight marks one of the fastest developments of a US-built tactical jet, progressing from initial design to first flight in less than 24 months.