EF-2000 Typhoon Pic GalleryIn 1983 Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK signed an requirement for a new multirole fighter, with a feasibility study launched in 1984. In 1985 France withdrew from the program and developed the Rafale, in 1986 the Eurofighter consortium was formed to oversee the development of European Fighter Aircraft. The first flight of the Eurofighter occurred on the 29 of March, 1994, with the UK now requiring 232, Germany 180, Italy 121 and Spain 87. Service entry is now planned for 2003. In july 2002 Switzerland anounced that the repalcement aircraft for the old J-35 Draken would be EF-2000, instead of the Swedish JAS-39 Gripen.

Countries of origin: Italy, Spain, U.K., Germany
Type: multi-role fighter
Crew: One (two in trainer model)
Length: 52ft 4in (15.96m)
Height: 17ft 7in (5.28m)
Wing span: 35ft 11in (10.95m)
Wing area: 538.2sq ft (50.0sq m)
Max t-o Weight: 17 000 kg
Powerplant: Two Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofans, rated 20,250lb each
Maximum speed: 2.0 Mach
Range: 556 kms
Weapons: One 27 mm MAUSER cannon (fixed); 13 hardpoints capable of carrying the full range of NATO AAM's, PGM's, dumb bombs, rockets and ASM's