Eurofighter Typhoon (Tranche 3 RAFO): The Desert Typhoon

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Eurofighter Typhoon (Tranche 3)

Hello, and welcome to my suggestion for the Eurofighter Typhoon in service with Oman, I feel this has a strong precedence in game alongside an Omani Subtree as it is the main Air Defence aircraft of the Royal Air Force of Oman.

History

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In 2016 the RAFO began looking for an Air defence aircraft to supplement their F-16Cs and replace the old Jaguars retired the Decade before, this lead them to consider 3 main aircraft, the F/A-18, Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, due to the RAFOs decision to already buy 8 Hawk 166s from BAE it was chosen to purchase 12 Eurofighter Typhoons (9 Single seaters and 3 Twin seaters) at Block 3 standard with the First Hawk and Eurofighter airframes being delivered in May 2017 and the Final airframe being delivered in 2019.

alongside other nations Tranche 3 Eurofighters Oman’s airframes have been given the ability to operate with a plethora of advanced Air to Air and Air to Ground weaponry, these includes ASRAAM and AMRAAM A2A Missiles, Brimstone A2G Missiles, and Paveway guided Bombs, alongside these they can also use standard β€˜dumb’ bombs such as the Mk 80 series GP bombs.

so far Oman only has 12 Typhoons, however has expressed a keen interest in purchasing more in the near future, with over 20 pilots being trained to operate the Typhoon in preparation for a possible purchase within the next couple of years, although nothing is concrete it is rumoured a second order could come before 2026 and will include another 12 Airframes for service.

Photos

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RAFO Eurofighter with two Paveway Guided bombs

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a RAFO Eurofighter in an early paint scheme armed with ASRAAMs of the wings

Image believed to be an Omani Eurofighter (Image is too low poly to confirm) showing ASRAAM, Paveway and Brimstones

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The First Eurofighter Airframe beside the First Hawk 166 airframe after their delivery to Oman in 2017

RAFO Eurofighters refuelling from an RAF Tanker

Specs/ Armament

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Length: 15.96 m (52 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.95 m (35 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 5.28 m (17 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 51.2 m2 (551 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 11,000 kg (24,251 lb)
  • Gross weight: 16,000 kg (35,274 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 23,500 kg (51,809 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 4,996 kg (11,010 lb) / 6,215 L (1,642 US gal; 1,367 imp gal) internal
  • Powerplant: 2 Γ— Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan engines, 60 kN (13,000 lbf) thrust each dry, 90 kN (20,000 lbf) with afterburner

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 2,125 km/h (1,320 mph, 1,147 kn) / Mach 2.0 (2,125 km/h or 1,320 mph at 11,000 m altitude), 1,530 km/h (950 mph; 830 kn) / Mach 1.25 at sea level (1,530 km/h or 950 mph)
    Supercruise: Mach 1.5

  • Range: 2,900 km (1,800 mi, 1,600 nmi)

  • Combat range: 1,389 km (863 mi, 750 nmi) air defence with 10-min. loiter / ground attack, hi-lo-hi (with 3 Γ— external 1,000 l tanks)
    185 km (100 nmi; 115 mi) air defence with 3-hr combat air patrol (with 3 Γ— external 1,000 l tanks)
    601 km (325 nmi; 373 mi) ground attack, lo-lo-lo (with 3 Γ— external 1,000 l tanks)

  • Ferry range: 3,790 km (2,350 mi, 2,050 nmi) with 3 Γ— drop tanks

  • Service ceiling: 19,812 m (65,000 ft)

  • g limits: + 9 / - 3

  • Rate of climb: 315 m/s (62,000 ft/min)

  • Wing loading: 312 kg/m2 (64 lb/sq ft)

  • Thrust/weight: 1.15 (interceptor configuration)

  • Brakes-off to Take-off acceleration: <8 s

  • Brakes-off to supersonic acceleration: <30 s

  • Brakes-off to Mach 1.6 at 11,000 m (36,000 ft): <150 s

  • Weaponry

    • 1 x Mauser BK-27 revolver cannon with 150 rounds

    • Up to 3 1000L External Drop tanks

  • Air to Air Missiles

    • AIM-132 ASRAAM
    • AIM-120C AMRAAM
  • Air to Ground Missiles

    • Brimstone
    • AGM-65 Maverick (Unconfirmed)
  • Bombs

    • Paveway guided bombs
    • Mk 80 series GP bombs
  • Avionics

    • Euroradar CAPTOR AESA radar
    • EuroFirst Passive Infrared Airborne Track Equipment
    • Sniper Targeting Pod
    • Praetorian DASS Countermeasures Suite

Place in game

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In game I feel this would have a strong position in an Omani Subtree, it is currently the best aircraft in service with Oman and would sit perfectly as the Capstone of the line, I feel this would sit best in the British tech tree as Oman has strong military and political ties to the UK and these airframes are based of the Typhoon FGR.4 and regularly operate alongside RAF Typhoons.

I feel that if this were to come to the UK it would also fill a gap, the RAF has a massive jump in performance from the F.2 versions with only ASRAAMs and AMRAAMs to the FGR.4 versions with Meteors and a massive Air to Ground loadout, whereas these Oman Eurofighters would sit somewhere in-between, having the Radar and airframe of a Tranche 3 but the Weaponry of a Tranche 1 Eurofighter.

Sources

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Eurofighter Typhoon - Wikipedia
Typhoon over Oman
https://www.baesystems.com/en/product/sultanate-of-oman
https://twitter.com/BAESystemsAir/status/864153370776547328
https://www.baesystems.com/en/article/official-roll-out-for-omani-eurofighter-typhoon-combat-jet-and-hawk-advanced-jet-trainer-aircraft

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+1, would be a good aircraft to end the Omani subtree

there is an omani tech tree?

No, but there is an ongoing suggestion for one. Perhaps as a British subtree as most of the equipment would be from the UK. The UK is in a strange situation where it has a number of politically favourable subtree additions.

Also Oman has some of the best versions of British equipment like some advanced hawks never used by the RAF but made by BAE for export to countries like Oman.

Agreed, like the Hunter.F58 that was added to the German tree, in my opinion should’ve been added to the British tree due to it being a export vehicle.

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