Yesterday saw the official media day for the Eurofighter Typhoon. Most of the articles are in German or French so I will give a short summery of the events.
Armasuisse project leader Jürg Weber gave details for the evaluation criteria for the first time yesterday. The factor operational performance will be weighted 60 %, the in-service aspects 15 % and the industrial cooperation package 25 %.
Those 60% for the operational performance are divided into 50% A2A capabilities, 20% A2G, 20 % RECCE and 10 % growth potential.
All participants had to go through the same evaluation:
Eleven flights were conducted by the Swiss Air Force to assess operational capabilities, while 13 flights were done by armasuisse to evaluate technical issues. Two flights were done for noise measurements.
One of the Air Force test included a intercept mission at M1.5+, a Swizz F18 flew at high level with M1.5 and the participants had to climb to the same height and intercept the F-18 as early as possible.
For now it seems that the number of jets in question is down to 22 aircraft plus equipment.
Switzerland will ask for a second refined bid early next year and as a second request, they will give a budget and leave it to industry to suggest the optimal package.
Aloysius Rauen, CEO Eurofighter GmbH, briefs on the Eurofighter-Partnership. Left to right: Welf Degel, EADS Campaign Director Switzerland, Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Military Air Systems, EADS Defence & Security.(picture from eurofighter.com)
Brigadier General Harald Riedel, Deputy Commander 2 Division, German Air Force, briefs on the operational performance of Eurofighter Typhoon in the German Air Force, Emmen. 25 November 2008. (picture from eurofighter.com)
New details about the Ef Typhoon that emerged during the evaluation:
-All test flights could be completed as planed (until yesterday off course)
-the new Helmet Equipment Assembly (HEA) was demonstrated
-turnaround time after flight is 15 min with a 2 men ground-crew
-45 min for an engine change with a 4 men ground-crew
-Litening and RECCELite were demonstrated
-EJ 200 are the most fuel efficient engines
-Ef Typhoon can take off from every airfield in Switzerland fully loaded without the use of Afterburners.
Informations from(all german unfortunatly):
The new Helmet Assembly for Eurofighter Typhoon pilots in test by a Swiss evaluation pilot while EADS Testpilot Chris Worning watches from the back, IPA3, Emmen , 25 November 2008. (picture from eurofighter.com)
IPA3 taxies back to the shelter after landing on a cold winter day in Emmen, 25 November 2008. (picture from eurofighter.com)
IPA3 taxies out of Shelter 1 at Emmen, 25 November 2008. (picture from eurofighter.com)