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Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon 7L-WM Austrian Air Force

  • Role: Air superiority fighter, Multirole fighter
  • Manufacturer: Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH
  • First flight: 27 March 1994
  • Introduction: 4 August 2003
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1994–present
  • Number built: 427 of January 2015
  • Developed from: British Aerospace EAP

Military Operators

  • Royal Air Force
  • German Air Force
  • Italian Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Austrian Air Force
  • Saudi Arabia Air Force
  • Oman Air Force

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (operational aircraft) or 2 (training aircraft)
  • Length: 15.96 m (52.4 ft)
  • Wingspan: 10.95 m (35.9 ft)
  • Height: 5.28 m (17.3 ft)
  • Wing area: 51.2 m² (551 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 16,000 kg (35,270 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 23,500 kg (51,800 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan
    • Dry thrust: 60 kN (13,490 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: >90 kN (20,230 lbf) each
  • Fuel capacity: 5,000 kg (11,020 lb) internal

Performance

  • Maximum speed:
    • At altitude: Mach 2 class (2,495 km/h or 1,550 mph)
    • At sea level: Mach 1.25 (1,470 km/h or 910 mph)
  • Range: 2,900 km (1,800 mi)
  • Combat radius:
    • Ground attack, lo-lo-lo: 601 km (325 nmi)
    • Ground attack, hi-lo-hi: 1,389 km (750 nmi)
    • Air defence with 3-hr combat air patrol: 185 km (100 nmi)
    • Air defence with 10-min. loiter: 1,389 km (750 nmi)
  • Ferry range: >3,790 km (2,350 mi with 3 drop tanks)
  • Service ceiling: 16,765 m (55,003 ft) for up to 64,000–70,000 ft
  • Absolute ceiling: 19,812 m (65,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: >315 m/s (62,000 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 312 kg/m² (63.9 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.15 (interceptor configuration)
  • Maximum g-load: +9/−3 g
  • Brakes-off to Take-off acceleration: <8 sec
  • Brakes-off to supersonic acceleration: <30 s
  • Brakes-off to Mach 1.6 at 11,000 m (36,000 ft): <150 s

Armament

  • Guns: 1 × 27 mm Mauser BK-27 revolver cannon with 150 rounds
  • Hardpoints: Total of 13: 8 × under-wing; and 5 × under-fuselage pylon stations; holding up to 7,500 kg (16,500 lb) of payload
    Typical multi-role configuration for a Tranche 2-P1E would be 4×AMRAAM, 2×ASRAAM/IRIS-T, 4×EGBU-16/Paveway-IV, 2×1000-litre supersonic fuel tanks and a targeting pod.
  • Missiles:

    • Air-to-air missiles:
      • AIM-120 AMRAAM (AIM-120C-5/7 planned for P2E)
      • AIM-132 ASRAAM
      • AIM-9 Sidewinder
      • IRIS-T
      • MBDA Meteor
    • Air-to-surface missiles:
      • AGM-65 Maverick,
      • AGM-88 HARM,
      • Brimstone
      • Taurus KEPD 350
      • Storm Shadow/Scalp EG
      • SPEAR
  • Bombs: **Paveway II/III/Enhanced Paveway series of laser-guided bombs (LGBs)
    • 500lb Paveway IV
    • Small Diameter Bomb (planned for P2E)
    • Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), in the future
    • HOPE/HOSBO, in the future
  • Others:
    • Flares/infrared decoys dispenser pod
    • chaff pods
    • Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods
    • Damocles (targeting pod) (ECM) pods
    • LITENING III laser targeting pod
    • Up to 3 drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time

Avionics

  • Euroradar CAPTOR Radar
  • Passive Infra-Red Airborne Tracking Equipment (PIRATE)

Patrouille Suisse

Patrouille Suisse and Swiss Airbus A330

The Patrouille Suisse is an aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force. The team flies six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter/bomber jets.

  • Active: 8 August 1964 – present
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Branch: Swiss Air Force
  • Role: Aerobatic team
  • Size: 9 officers, 21 ground crew
  • Colors: Red, White

Aircraft

Air Show Calendar Patrouille Suisse 2015

30-31 May – Meeting de l’Air BA126 Solenzara, BA126 Ventiseri-Solenzara, France

19-21 Jun – Jubiläumsfest / Armeeausstellung Morgarten 2015, Morgarten, Switzerland

27 Jun – Red Pigs Festival : Patrouille Suisse display, Payerne, Switzerland

27-28 Jun – Oris Ambri Fly-In 2015, Ambri Aerodrome, Ambri, Switzerland

19 Jul – Bray Air Display 2015, Bray Seafront, Ireland

25 Jul – Basel Tattoo : Patrouille Suisse display, Basel, Switzerland

25 Jul – Seenachtsfest Spiez : Patrouille Suisse display, Spiez, Switzerland

31 Jul – Brunnen 1. Augustfeier : Patrouille Suisse display, Brunnen, Switzerland

02 Aug – Crédit Agricole Suisse Open, Gstaad, Switzerland

22-23 Aug – Radom Air Show 2015, Radom-Sadkow AB, Poland

05-06 Sep – Frecce Tricolori 50th Anniversary Airshow, Rivolto Air Base, Udine, Italy

18 Sep – Sanicole Sunset Airshow, Vliegveld Leopoldsburg, Hechtel, Belgium

20 Sep – Sanicole International Airshow, Vliegveld Leopoldsburg, Hechtel, Belgium

07-08 Oct – Axalp Swiss Air Force Live Fire Demo, Axalp-Ebenfluh, Brienz, Switzerland

Aérospatiale Alouette III

Alouette III HB-XXM private ex Swiss Air Force

  • Role: Light utility helicopter
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Sud Aviation, Aérospatiale
  • First flight: 28 February 1959
  • Introduction: 1960
  • Status: Active
  • Produced: 1961-1985
  • Number built: 2,000+

Alouette III V-262 Swiss Air Force

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 10.03 m (32 ft 10¾ in)
  • Main rotor diameter: 11.02 m (36 ft 1¾ in)
  • Height: 3.00 m (9 ft 10 in)
  • Main rotor area: 95.38 m2 (1026 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,143 kg (2,520 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,200 kg (4,850 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Artouste IIIB turboshaft, 649 kW (870 shp) derated to 425 kW (570 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Range: 540 km (335 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,200 m (10,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 4.3 m/s (850 ft/min)
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