Twin-seat Typhoons

NOT ONLY COST-SAVING MEASURES BEHIND RETIREMENT OF RAF TWO-SEAT EUROFIGHTERS

By Dario Leone
Feb 4 2018
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“We are moving towards a single seat OCU, so the need for two-seat aircraft is reducing,” Typhoon Force Commander Air Cdre Ian ‘Squid’ Duguid

The Royal Air Force (RAF) will retire 16 two-seat Eurofighters in a bid to save $1.13 billion in operating costs.

The plans to dismantle the aircraft and harvest spare parts for use on the remainder of the Typhoon fleet were revealed to Jane’s on Jan. 29, 2018 by RAF Air Command at High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request.

The project, known as Reduce to Produce (RTP), aims to generate GBP50 million worth of parts from each airframe “back into the supply chain”, according to the FOI data.

Noteworthy another reason for withdrawing the two-seat Eurofighters from use is because the service is changing the training syllabus for its future Typhoon pilots as the RAF Typhoon Force Commander (TFC) Air Cdre Ian ‘Squid’ Duguid told more than one year ago to Alan Warnes for an extensive piece about RAF Typhoon Operations appeared in the December 2016 issue of Air Forces Monthly magazine. “We are moving towards a single seat OCU, so the need for two-seat aircraft is reducing and eventually we will be running the conversion courses and other elements of supervision without the need for two-seaters. We will have some, but the majority of the two seaters are Trache 1s, which we can take out of service.”

Currently RAF two-seat Eurofighters are operated by 29(R) Squadron the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), which is responsible for the technical and tactical training of all engineers and pilots for the Typhoon aircraft.

The Typhoon provides the RAF with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.

Currently the aircraft is in service with 7 air forces and has been ordered by two more. The Typhoon has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, high reliability across the globe in all climates. It has been combat proven during operations in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

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This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 No. 29(R) Squadron, ZK308 / TP-V – 2014

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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