Teeth of the Eurofighter
The Eurofighter was designed from the outset to mount a wide variety of ordnance and electronic technology sufficient to defeat likely threats faced in the twenty-first century. Primarily meant to be an aircraft focused on air to air combat, taking on other, similar aircraft, the emerging need for ground support missions has altered the mission profile of the Typhoon. Eurofighter aircraft are being upgraded to carry a more full array of air to ground ordnance than originally anticipated, and new aircraft off the production lines come equipped to use a wide range of missiles and bombs.
The Eurofighter is capable of fielding Sidewinder, ASRAAM, and AMRAAM air to air missiles, and when the new, long range METEOR missile becomes available it will be integrated into the Typhoon.
Eurofighter air to ground ordnance capabilities include the Maverick, HARM, Taurus, and Joint Direct Attack Munition weapons systems and it can also mount laser guided bombs.
Electronics are where the Eurofighter Typhoon truly shines. Aside from the glitz of the all digital cockpit, the Typhoon is meant to have both active and passive detection and countermeasure systems. Its radar is state of the art, and by 2015 an upgrade will be installed called the active electronically scanned array radar which will enhance effective missile range and provide a technological leap forward over competitors to the Typhoon. Eurofighters also come equipped with a passive infra-red detection system, long common on Soviet-era and Russian fighters, which allows the aircraft to detect potential threats without giving away its position by transmitting its own radar signals.
Finally, though the Europeans do not have a true stealth fighter in the Typhoon, Eurofighter aircraft do have a significantly reduced radar cross section that makes it harder to detect than most similarly sized aircraft.