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The Eurofighter project has been bedevilled with difficulties
Senior RAF officers defended the decision by saying that the use of guns on aircraft was outdated and would be a waste of money.
It was too late to stop the first tranche of 55 British aircraft being fitted with the Mauser BK27 gun, but the rest would have a lead or concrete weight in its place.
But engineers found the only way to preserve the aircraft's aerodynamics was to have something that not only weighed the same as the gun but was also shaped exactly the same.
To make matters worse, each individual part of the makeweight's shape also had to weigh exactly the same as the real thing. In short, the cheapest option was to fit the cannon. So all 232 of the RAF's Eurofighter/Typhoon aircraft will be fitted with the gun at a cost of £90 million - but in order to save what is now a mere £2.5 million they will have no rounds to fire.
Originally posted by waynos
I think the RAF will find, as others have in the past, that however advanced A2A technology becomes you will still always need the back up of a gun. The good thing of course is that all the aircraft will actually have the gun in place so reversing the decision will be a quick and cheap option the next time the RAF needs to go to war, which is when this sort of thing always gets sorted.
Originally posted by dnnx
there is already a discussion on this here
and the gun would not carry any ammo
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
- It seems to me this is a total non-story. A right-wing rag having a go at a government it doesn't (and never has) liked.
They tried to save some money and ended up being unable to in the way they thought they might. Big deal. They're hardly the first people to think guns out-dated on a fighter these days.
[edit on 4-9-2004 by sminkeypinkey]
Originally posted by American Mad Man
It is a story, because we all know that if any conservative group had done this, and spent 100+ million dollars on something akin to a toy gun, then you damn well better believe every flaming liberal in all the land would be up in arms bitching about how the US wastes money on the military.
Originally posted by craigandrew
Typhoon was supposed to be a Multirole fighter.
Whatever the story, I beleive in guns.