UK Typhoon with P3E weapons fit to participate in RIAT and Farnborough shows
A UK Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft with full Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) weapons is set to participate in this year's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Farnborough International Air Show.
To be flown by BAE Systems experimental test pilot Nat Makepeace, Typhoon will carry four Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missiles, two Brimstone 2 low collateral precision strike weapons, two ASRAAM missiles and two Paveway IV laser guided precision weapons.
Nat Makepeace said: "This is one of the first times a Typhoon aircraft has flown with this weapons fit and it demonstrates the significant milestones which have been achieved towards integration of these new capabilities on to Typhoon, providing the combat pilot with a full range of capabilities.
"Typhoon provides air forces with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations.
"This display will also demonstrate that Typhoon, even with this weapons fit, loses none of the incredible agility and manoeuvrability for which it is known."
Intended to boost the multi-role combat aircraft's capabilities, the €200m P3E package includes the integration of the Brimstone 2 missile into Typhoon, as well as upgrades to its mission and maintenance system.
Currently, the Eurofighter partner companies, with the support of MBDA, Eurofighter and the UK Ministry of Defence, are progressing towards the integration Phase 2 and P3E packages for Typhoon.
Phase 2 will see integration of the Storm Shadow air-to-surface deep strike missile and a Meteor beyond visual range capability on to Typhoon.
The P1E package, which was delivered last year, involved the integration of Paveway IV missile as well as installation of a broad spectrum of enhancements, including air-to-air systems to boost the Typhoon's capabilities.
Image: A CGI representation of Typhoon in full P3E fit. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.