During the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo presented a multi-mission new generation Eurofighter Typhoon. The airplane was shown as a potential candidate for Poland`s Air Force Harpia programme. Typhoons would replace the Mig-29s and Su-22 planes.
Enrico Fossati, Leonardo executive responsible for the Eurofighter project, informed MILMAG Military Magazine that Poland could receive airplanes in their newest configuration, similar to those recently offered to Kuwait. Planes would be brand new and equipped with the most modern Captor-E radar which allows for parrel tracking of air and surface targets. Polish Typhoons would be armed with weapon systems such as BVRAAM Meteor air to air missiles (effective beyond the field of view) and Brimstone air to ground missiles which can be carried by supersonic planes.
When talking to MILMAG, Enrico Fossati emphasized training possibilities that consortium can offer in Poland. Students of Polish Air Force Academy already use the M-346 planes provided by Leonardo. Adaptation to Eurofighter training for these machines should not be difficult. Additionally, further training in the line units can be effected with 50% use of simulators.
Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, supersonic, multi-mission combat airplane. Currently, it`s used by 9 countries: Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar. In every configuration, it can carry at least 4 medium range air to air missiles and 2 short range air to air missiles, together with all integral sensors and defense systems with no limitations on surface attack missions.