Where exactly is the 25mm cannon on the Eurofighter located? I know it's somewhere on the starboard side. Every photo I've seen either does'nt have it or they only show the port side. Any photo of gun on aircraft?
Hey, sorry I've been absent.
There was a topic on this a while ago, & we discussed the abscence of the 27mm Mauser on the RAF eurofighter.
Having seen one recently, both static & flying, I was quite impressed.
The official story given to us is that the gun is absent to give the aircraft a better weight advantage. Yea right...
The Tornado has 2 cannons anyway!?!-why not salvage one of those when it goes out of service.
A cannon is somewhat essential to a fighter aircraft, kind of like a side arm to a CQB soldier.
I'm sure many people here agree with me.
Don't believe the hype guys, the deletion of the cannon in RAF service is purely a cost saving. It will reportedly save £32 million.
Whether that decision saves pilots lives remains to be seen....
Also early on in it's initial development, the Typhoon was going to be used exclusively as an air superiority fighter. An A2G capacity was only integrated later in it`s development.
The recent loss of the Singapore order, some say, was due to the slow schedule of A2G weapons integration. The RSAF wanted a multi-role aircraft long before the Typhoon would be able to deliver this capability in full.
The Typhoon consortium has received a "wake up call" by it`s own admission. They now realise that future orders will hinge on a FULL A2G capability, delivering a true multi-role aircraft. Governments want value for money. The consortium is now going hell for leather to integrate more A2G stores.
Typhoons CAN be fitted with a gun. The british MOD also gave the excuse that they had so much confidence in missile technology, they didn`t need a gun...
Now, where have I heard THAT one before? Vintage 1960's Vietnam, F-4 phantom rings a bell.
History is our greatest teacher.
"I may not agree with what you say....but I will defend to the death your right to say it".
They did remove the guns from the RAF Typhoons and replaced the cavity with a chunk of concrete... however this was found to drastically effect the handling characteristics of the aircraft.
Soo this is the ingenious cost saving idea they have now come up with is this.... the GUN is being fitted to the aircraft however it is not having its fire control software being installed making it unusable....
Great cost saving there guys!!! lol
Also, you may like to know the VTOL version of the JSF also does not have a gun... which is dumb when you consider its one of the primary weapons on a close air support aircraft such as what the RAF/RN and US Marines would use it as!
So..... in effect, they won`t have guns!! I had heard about It but did not buy the part about affecting handling qualities, why? The Tornado F.3 had concrete ballast in the nose while it was waiting for it`s Foxhunter radar. I am sure the RAF could have found a suitable substitute for the Mauser`s weight.
Also heard that all Tranche 1 aircraft will have the gun fitted to fulfill contractural obligations. I am sure the RAF will render it useless if ordered!
Check these pics concerning placement Chester. Finding a picture of an actual Gun on the plane is difficult!
The bulge at the wingroot is where the gun shold be, you can just see the blank . The bulge is missing on the port side.
Dumb indeed not to have a gun on the VTOL JSF. I have heard they have settled on a Boeing/Mauser 27mm gun for other JSF versions, based on the typhoon unit. Sorry guys, couldn`t resist the other pics!!