Sonntag, 12. August 2012

Typhoon in close air support

Close air support (CAS) is defined as air action by fixed or rotary winged aircraft against hostile targets that are close to friendly forces, and which requires detailed integration of each air mission with fire and movement of these forces.

The primary requirements for a close air support role are aircraft which can hover over the battlefield for a long time, fly slowly and low in order to identify the target from the air and take considerable hits from gun fire without being shot down. Finally, such an aircraft should have an armor piercing gun.

The primary aircraft suited for this mission are attack helicopters such as the Apache or Tiger as well as the A-10 Thunderbolt. However, the typhoon cannot withstand considerable gun fire. Therefore, it must fly in a high altitude above the battlefield. It is not the best choice in this role. But, the advance in sensor technology as well as precision guided bombs enable the typhoon to perform the mission effectively if it must.

Fuel tanks:

Two conformal fuel tanks, each carrying additionally 1500 liters of fuel.
Three drop tanks, each carrying 1000 liters of fuel.

The additional fuel amounting to 6000 liters extends the range of the typhoon considerably and enables the typhoon to loiter above the battlefield.

In case of enemy aircraft encounter, the Typhoon would be carrying additionally:

3 MBDA meteor

1 LITENING III targeting pod

Litening is an infrared/electro-optical targeting system including a laser designator. This is used for targeting the enemy forces on the battlefield.

The typhoon would carry on its additional 6 pods any combination of the following bombs/missiles:

Paveway I/II/III/IV laser guided bombs
JDAM (with inertial and GPS guidance system)
Brimstone (anti tank missile)

Maximum payload would be either 6 PAVEWAY, 6 JDAM or 18 Brimstone.

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