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Eurofighter Typhoon Analysis-Malaysia MRCA&MIG-29 Replacement Program

Eurofighter Typhoon(EF-2000).

Eurofighter Typhoon during RIAT2010

Malaysia Defence Ministry has announced that Eurofighter typhoon(EF-2000) is marked as an important candidate for Malaysian MRCA programme. While MiG-29N is awaiting to be out of service(maybe around 2015), EF-2000 provide a larger or superior capabilities compared to previous MiG. Malaysian is offered with mix up type of Tranche 1(upgradable to tranche 2) and the new state of the art tranche 3. RMAF EF-2000 will have same specification as RAF planes. BAE system is already move their regional office from Singapore to Malaysia and they are seriously promoting their bird. If we are lucky(for Malaysian), we’ll have the chance to see the EF-2000 at LiMA 2011..

The Aircraft….

EF-2000 in action,RIAT 2010

EF-2000 is created by the same four nation group as the previous Panavia Tornado fighter. The project was initiated due to the driven needs of RAF to enhancing their ground attack role as well as surging Cold War technologies from the USSR(Fulcrum and Flanker counter).

Panavia Tornado

This plane offers a lot of wow-factor for a plane enthusiastic. It is designed to be aerodynamically unstable so that it can perform difficult manoeuvres. Most of the modern fighter such as F-16 and F-18 is highly manoeuvrable, but only at subsonic speed. What set the Eurofighter apart is that it can pull of highly manoeuvrable moves while flying at supersonic speed. . It takes 3 built-in computer to fly this bird(because aerodynamically unstable).Built with triangle delta wings and two small canard on the front, EF-2000 is able to withstand the 9G at extended period, something that is very difficult to achieve in other aircraft. But, of course the drawback is place on the physiological factor of the pilot.

Aerobatic smoke trail leave by EF-2000 during airshow

Similar to F-22 Raptor, the Eurofighter can maintain its supersonic speed without afterburner using supercruise. The supercruise capability of EF-2000 engines is not only save fuel, but reduces the infrared trail making it less susceptible to heat seeking anti aircraft missile. Although EF-2000 is designed to be not stealthy, the Radar Cross Section(RCS) of the plane is significantly lower. Compared to the flanker family(SU-30mkm), the Eurofighter have 7 times lower RCS.

Eurofighter Typhoon and F-22 Raptor.

Some say that EF-2000 is almost as good as the Raptor is not supportable. But, I prefer the notion “Eurofighter is the realm of F-22”… the most similar characteristic between this two bird is lies on the pilot interface system. F-22 is known to be the most pilot-friendly aircraft, thanks to its simple yet sophisticated pilot interface. Both of the aircraft are designed to counter the Flanker.

Eurofighter Typhoon and SU-30MKM.

A very interesting duel is offered between these fighters. During the exercise held in India, The Eurofighter has completely throw the pride of SU-30MKI to the ground when it completely crush the SU-30MKI(very similar to SU-30MKM) during one-to-one dogfight mock up. The RAF official said “Well, they lost” when asked how the SU-30MKI performed against EF-2000.

Eurofighter-Typhoon And Su-30MKI during exercise at India

To be fair, nothing on SU-30MKI system could match the formidable Typhoon. In simple word, Typhoon technology is on different generation with Sukhoi in term of Avionics. So, there is nothing can be compared to.  Maybe one of the comparable factor lies on the pilot. The EF-2000 have the most sophisticated pilot interface compared to all 4++ generation aircraft which gives the pilot unprecedented level of situation awareness. The EF-2000 cockpit tells the pilot everything about the plane through Helmet Mounted Sight(HMS), the system is known as Carefree handling. Such luxury is not on board SU-30MKI(notice how messy the SU-30 cockpit).

Su-30mki foward cockpit

Eurofighter Typhoon cockpit

F-22 Raptor cockpit view

What if…

What if TUDM choose Typhoon to be their next MRCA fighter in their arsenal..? a lot of things need to be done. First, they should do their homework on how to handle the maintenance of the planes. TUDM have weird but lethal combination of fighter comprising McDonnell Douglass F/A-18, MIG-29 Fulcrum, SU-30MKM Flanker, BAE Hawk, F-5. They will have one helluve job to keep all those type of plane operational. There is no nation in this region adopted similar inventory like TUDM does.., perhaps TUDM are insane enough to use this kind of tactic. The dangerous factor ; TUDM likely to have a situation where “have everything, but always lack of something”.

Eurofighter is known to be expensive plane. The Malaysian government should adopt G-to-G deal to eliminate the middle-man factor. In the end of the day the Malaysian are sick of their politician who decided for military-man what to buy and what to use. Let’s us pray not to lose another RM500 million to middle-man(scorpene purchase scandal)……….!!!!

P.S-god dammit TUDM… buy AWACs first..!!!!

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The Che Su Supremacy

SU-30MKM

Worth at $900 million, the purchase of 18 Su-30mkm planes from Russian company, Rosoboronexport mark a significant event in national and regional defence industry. The aircraft were developed by Sukhoi company and then later being built by Irkut Corp. Being recognise as the formidable type of fighter jet in northern atmosphere, Su-30mkm act as the first line of air defence in Malaysia. This is after all the most sophisticated aircraft in TUDM inventory.(did you know Malaysian MiG-29 pilot have scoring successful victory over Aussies F-18 in an exercise during 1999. Scoring at one to all leaving heart breaking Aussies to buy new weapon suite from US). The aircraft design is a derivative from Su-30mki belongs to Indian Air Force. Its aircraft structure was the same with Su-3omki but the avionic system were different.  The MKM is equipped with France avionics(Thales). The Thales wide angle HUD has replace Israeli ElOp HUD mounted on Su-30MKI. Most of the avionics part of the aircraft was replaced by France-system since Malaysia didn’t have diplomatic relation with Israel. (Israel butthurt..LoL)..

This is Awesome…

As awesome as it sound, Su-30mkm is the most formidable aircraft operational at south-east asia( and later Singapore butthurt and ask uncle Sam to develop F-15 silent eagle..which is believed at par with su-30mkm..malaysia butthurt). Let’s make it clear, the F-15SG silent eagle is more formiddble than MKM just because it have better stealth configuration. It have lower radar cross section (RCS) compared to MKM. Ok let’s leave Steruland behind and concentrate to MKM….

Comparison with F-35 and F-18super Bug

  • Engine-AL-31FP trust vector-controll(TVC) and fly-by-wire system. Enable MKM to do cobra manoeuvre to dodge heat seeking missile.

Cobra maneuver

  • French made Identification Friend-or-Foe(IFF) system, situated at in front on top of the nose section.
  • Upgraded Russian warning receiver & electronic countermeasure(ECM). Infrared (IR) dispenser with 98 cartridge of flare and chaff)

high band defensive electronic jammer

  • Thales Damocles system equal to FLIR on US F-18, this system ensure MKM conduct round the clock air-land surveillant or strike capabilities. Act as surface targeting, thermal imaging, identification, tracking&locking target and laser marking for laser-guided bomb.
  • Radar-NIIP Bars phased-array… enables MKM to detect 15 target and engaging 4 of them simultaneously..

The MKM can engaging the target at range of 160KM with the uses of R-77Adder missile

  • My favourite= Sura Helmet-mounted target designator..(pilot just have to pandang target and shoot, leaving enemy butthurt)
  • Wire variety of weapons.. Laser guided bomb, smart bomb, tv guided bomb, BVR, AVV-AE, u name it…..(the list go on coz’ TUDM did enjoying shopping at Russian, Indonesia butthurt coz’ they only buy basic plane with no missile, it’s like awek comel tapi takde gigi, pathetic giler).

Su-30mk bombs and missiles

The Disadvantage

  • The Russian technologies often known to be unreliable.
  • Not combat proven platform.
  • High operational cost
  • Have higher radar cross section(RCS) due to presence of canard.

The Ruskies technology often know to be unreliable weapon system   Demon or Lemon.? Lastly for my conclusion, Su-30mkm vs F-15SG-seri…Su-30mkm vs the rest of fighter jet at south east nation-of course la MKM…Demon.

Su-30MKM in detail