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3/22/2005 - WASHINGTON -- The Air Force chief of staff added to his 5,000-plus flying hours with familiarization flights in both the F/A-22 Raptor and the Eurofighter aircraft.
Gen. John P. Jumper said the Eurofighter is both agile and sophisticated, but is still difficult to compare to the F/A-22 Raptor. He is the only person to have flown both aircraft.
"They are different kinds of airplanes to start with," the general said. "It's like asking us to compare a NASCAR car with a Formula 1 car. They are both exciting in different ways, but they are designed for different levels of performance."
The Raptor is the latest addition to the Air Force combat aircraft inventory. The Eurofighter is a combat fighter aircraft designed and produced as a joint effort by several European countries.
Despite being designed for different missions, General Jumper said the Eurofighter and the Raptor are equally high-tech aircraft.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
It's several things that set them apart. The F-22 is supposed to be capable of the Mach 1.7 range without afterburners, where the Typhoon is supposed to be in the Mach 1.2 range.
The F-22 has thrust vectoring that the Typhoon doesn't.
It has an AESA radar that the Typhoon won't get until later.
o would the U-2 beat them both in a dogfight?
The Typhoon is more manueverable not counting thrust vectoring. That makes the F-22 actually more maneuverable.
The F-22 is also more AGILE (different than maneuverable) due to enormous thrust and a fantastic thrust to weight ratio.
The F-22s radar is powerful enough to focus it into a narrow beam and blow enemy sensors.
The F-22s radar is bigger, AESA, more powerful, longer range, and LPI.
The F-22 has a frontal RCS of a small insect.
The F-22 has use of the AIM-9X High Off-Boresight missile and the AIM-120D. Thats like carrying both a sniper rifle and a shotgun. A shotgun who's bullets can turn around and pull 100G and hit something behind you.
The F-22 has threat identification capability and MINI-AWACS capability.
The F-22 has software to see who is shooting at who and direct people to all fire at different targets.
The F-22 can supercruise with a full weapons load hundreds of knots faster than the eurofighter can without any weapons.
Originally posted by SteveR
The Typhoon has beat 2x F-15E in WVR mock combat. At the start, the eagles were on his tail. In the case of the F-22 scenario, the Typhoon is most likely dust until either a) it's radars are upgraded to the next european version, or b) the pilots are skilled in tactics to draw the F-22 into WVR combat, and they outnumber it.