Typhoon Proves Itself in Operation SHADER

14.08.2017 Iraq
Typhoon Proves Itself in Operation SHADER

Typhoon Proves Itself in Operation SHADER

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A Royal Air Force (RAF) Spokesman said Typhoon has proved itself at the heart of the international coalition fighting against DAESH.

The aircraft has now flown in excess of 900 missions over Iraq and Syria since December 2015, providing daily support to international coalition forces in the fight against DAESH on Operation SHADER.

Each mission consists of a pair of Typhoons and all told the operational activity equates to over 10,000 flying hours, during which the aircraft has delivered more than 850 Paveway IV weapons. 

The RAF Spokesman said: “In terms of its contribution to the fight against DAESH we have seen a demonstrable change in the size of the so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria. We recently saw the Prime Minister of Iraq in Mosul city – the second largest city - which has just been liberated with support from coalition air power. Typhoon has been a key component of that support to the freedom of Mosul.

“Importantly, we have 100% mission support rate throughout this time which is testament to the reliability and utility of the aircraft,” he added.

He said that the flexibility of Typhoon with Paveway IV, when combined with the weapon effects, has led to an increased demand from across the Operation SHADER Area of Operations with Coalition Joint Terminal Attack Controllers specifically asking for Typhoon support. 

As a multi-role aircraft, Typhoon offers Air to Air operations with precision strike Air to Surface operations using Paveway IV laser-guided weapon and 27mm cannon.  The Lightening III Advanced Targeting Pod generates a fidelity of coordinates that permits immediate self-strike capability, significantly reducing the time to prosecute time-sensitive targets. 

“Typhoon is very active in Syria, in particular in the ISIS heartland of Raqqa, where its use of the Paveway IV GPS precision-guided munition together with its advanced sensors have enabled Typhoon to be considered almost the platform of choice for operations against the targets around Raqqa,” The RAF Spokesman noted.

The RAF Spokesman added that Typhoon’s reliability was another important strength.

“The evidence speaks for itself. Not one mission missed for technical reasons — of course we have had weather cancellations or cancellations for geo-strategic — but never for technical unserviceability. Every time we plan for our missions we are always absolutely aware that we can’t afford to fail and we haven’t done so yet.”

 “This would not be possible without the team of engineers and support personnel who maintain the aircraft.

Over the last 20 months all five RAF frontline squadrons have worked in support of the missions and the RAF Spokesman said that Typhoon Force’s success in the international fight against DAESH is thanks to it fully using all its strengths - people and aircraft.

“It’s worth noting that within 24 hours of the decision to deploy Typhoon, aircraft were striking targets in Syria.”

A recent 1(F) Squadron post-Operational report states that Typhoon has employed Paveway IV effectively in all of its modes, including GPS, Laser, Desired impact angle or azimuth.

Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft currently available on the world market. Eight customers (Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait) have already ordered the Eurofighter Typhoon. With 599 aircraft ordered, Eurofighter Typhoon is currently the largest military procurement program in Europe.

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