Next-Gen Fighter Aircraft planning by Europe’s Airbus

Next-Gen Fighter Aircraft planning by Europe’s Airbus


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todays we discuss Next-Gen Fighter Aircraft planning by Europe’s
Airbus European aircraft giant Airbus is in the early
stages of planning what very well may become the continent’s next generation fighter jet. The unnamed fighter could replace current
European fighters, including the Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, in the next
ten to fifteen years. Deutsche Welle, citing the German business
daily Handelsblatt, said that Airbus was working on some components for the yet-unnamed jet. The article also said Airbus hopes to convince
France, home of French fighter manufacturer Dassault, to join the program. Airbus’ fighter would replace current Eurofighter
Typhoon jets flown by the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and Italy. A large, twin-engine multi-role fighter, the
Typhoon is extremely maneuverable and has a powerful engine. One drawback however is that the Typhoon was
originally designed in the 1980s, before stealth became a key requirement for combat aircraft,
and has only marginal radar-evading capabilities. The proposed fighter would also likely replace
Spanish F/A-18 Hornet fighters and if France joins the project, Dassault’s Rafale fighter. What would the Airbus fighter look like? It would almost certainly look like a stealthy
Eurofighter in both performance and mission. It would be a high-end, high performance fighter
with two engines and optimized for air-to-air combat. It would have a powerful, long range radar
and beyond visual range missiles such as the UK’s Meteor missile. Like the Eurofighter, it would have a secondary
air-to-ground mission. It would probably be capable of commanding
a robotic wingman or a swarm of drones. When could it enter service? Fighter planes take a long time to develop�the
Typhoon took nearly two decades to go from the drawing board to first flight, and the
F-35 slightly less. Both were developed in peacetime without an
aggressive major power (like Russia) making trouble in the neighborhood. The newest Royal Air Force Typhoons are scheduled
to be retired in 2040, but other operators, especially Spain and its aging Hornets, would
need the new plane sooner. The longer the Airbus fighter takes, the more
likely its sales will be eaten up by the F-35�three out of four of the Typhoon’s operators are
already buying the F-35, and even Germany is now considering buying them. The F-35 would not be an ideal fit, but it
would be the only fighter around. Getting Dassault to join the project will
probably be the most challenging part of the project. The French aircraft manufacturer and maker
of the Rafale fighter jet is a symbol of France’s high tech prowess and military independence. Dassault, as an independent aircraft manufacturer,
also gets all of the profits from Rafale sales�a 2015 sale of 24 jets to Egypt was worth $230
million per plane. On the other hand, the Rafale’s high cost
has limited the number of jets France could buy for itself.

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