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Posted: 2/19/2006 4:43:25 PM EDT
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RAF Eurofighter Crash-Landed: British Defense Chiefs
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, LONDON


A British Royal Air Force Eurofighter crashed on landing in eastern England when its front wheel failed to descend properly, the Ministry of Defence in London said Jan. 17.

The Typhoon jet suffered damage following a malfunction of its landing gear as it touched down at the RAF Coningsby station in Lincolnshire, eastern England, on Jan. 16, an MoD spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

No one was hurt and an investigation is now under way into what caused the problem, he added.
The Typhoon Eurofighter is produced by a consortium of EADS, BAE Systems and Italy’s Alenia/Finmeccanica.

It is due to be introduced into the RAF in stages, reportedly within weeks, according to British newspaper The Sun in its Jan. 18 edition.

The daily tabloid also quoted unnamed official sources as saying it was not the first time the Typhoon had suffered problems with its landing gear.

The Eurofighter is a multi-role combat jet with a range of 2,500 kilometers (1,560 miles) and can be equipped with a mix of missiles depending on its mission.

The jets reportedly cost about 65 million pounds each (95 million euros, $115 million).
Last month Britain signed a multi-billion-dollar contract with Saudi Arabia to supply an undisclosed number of the jets.

They will replace the Tornado warplanes supplied to the oil-rich Gulf state in another massive, and controversial, deal two decades ago.



Link to thread discussing the sale to Saudia Arabia
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:44:47 PM EDT
If that was a Super Bug, they would have had to repair the whole runway instead.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:45:37 PM EDT
Piece of crap....

I saw an ad in an aerospace industry magazine FOR the eurofighter and it openly advertised that it was 80% as capable as the F-22!

If they are already admitting to having a 20% deficient jet, imagine how sub rate it really is.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:45:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:49:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:50:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
And this really will buff out!

She'll be back in service before too long...


As an export unit.

Just hope Saudi Arabia doesn't do a CARFAX on it.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:52:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:52:09 PM EDT
starting to remind me of the Panavia Tornado......
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:53:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Actually she's just an operational conversion unit hack and lacks a full combat fit.


All the better....
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:53:34 PM EDT
Wow $115 million for that piece of crap.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:55:13 PM EDT
I'd rather have a JSF. Atleast the technology will be late '90s and early '00s instead of late '80s and early '90s.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:02:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
I'd rather have a JSF. Atleast the technology will be late '90s and early '00s instead of late '80s and early '90s.



Thats why they're (the Brits) buying those too!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:03:22 PM EDT
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