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Jackonicko 2nd Feb 2019 00:25

Typhoon first operational sortie with MBDA Brimstone 2
 
The RAFís Typhoon Force flew its first operational sortie carrying the new-to-Typhoon MBDA Brimstone 2 precision attack missile on 30 January 2019.

See Justin Reuter's Twitter Feed for a video.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....344ba22c44.png

Also see the Aerospace Analysis and Insight FB page.


flighthappens 2nd Feb 2019 01:09

Very nice.

It would be good to carry an asymmetric loadout of 3x PW4 and a single rack of brimstone.

orca 2nd Feb 2019 07:40

Is that inbound or outbound? As in two employed or unable to carry a three pack?

Pontius Navigator 2nd Feb 2019 08:35

It really looks like an exercise in converting a super sleek jet into an A10.

frodo_monkey 2nd Feb 2019 08:52


Originally Posted by orca (Post 10378009)
Is that inbound or outbound? As in two employed or unable to carry a three pack?

Probably carrying one for air carriage hour reasons.

jindabyne 2nd Feb 2019 09:37


It really looks like an exercise in converting a super sleek jet into an A10.
Multi/Swing role old chap.

weemonkey 2nd Feb 2019 14:26


Originally Posted by frodo_monkey (Post 10378062)


Probably carrying one for air carriage hour reasons.

Obviously in that case the lessons from the RMP tragedy in AFG have long been removed from corporate memory...

Just This Once... 2nd Feb 2019 14:34


Originally Posted by frodo_monkey (Post 10378062)
Probably carrying one for air carriage hour reasons.

One on either side on the picture shown, same for the PWIVs, also probably for vib/carriage reasons. In this configuration (tanks, pod and air-to-air missiles) the Typhoon can carry 6x Brimstone and 4x PWIV, but outside of a deliberate op the configuration above is more than enough.

57mm 2nd Feb 2019 14:37

What is the store on the starboard outer station?

flighthappens 2nd Feb 2019 14:39

JTO - Where does it put the other two PW4 to take it up to 4?

weemonkey 2nd Feb 2019 14:48

Bit of an OP SEC foofa showing that hardened building in the background too.... might give the Operational Location away too...:E

Rhino power 2nd Feb 2019 14:55


Originally Posted by 57mm (Post 10378317)
What is the store on the starboard outer station?

ASRAAM, one on each outboard station...

-RP

Just This Once... 2nd Feb 2019 15:06


Originally Posted by flighthappens (Post 10378320)
JTO - Where does it put the other two PW4 to take it up to 4?

The Typhoon Common Weapons Launcher shown above with single Brimstones mounted can also be used to carry up to 2x PW4. If you only need to carry a single PW4 on a pylon then no need to carry the common weapons launcher.

flighthappens 2nd Feb 2019 15:09


Originally Posted by Just This Once... (Post 10378335)
The Typhoon Common Weapons Launcher shown above with single Brimstones mounted can also be used to carry up to 2x PW4. If you only need to carry a single PW4 on a pylon then no need to carry the common weapons launcher.

There you go. I assume thatís a cleared config within the RTS then...

Cheers.

57mm 2nd Feb 2019 16:03

Thanks RP. Why are there no AMRAAMs on fuselage stations and what is the centre line pod, which seems different from the usual Litening pod?

Just This Once... 2nd Feb 2019 16:05


Originally Posted by flighthappens (Post 10378338)
There you go. I assume that’s a cleared config within the RTS then...

I'm out of the game now but I'd guess the RTS is changing by the week at the moment plus you have husbandry issues to manage, if operational need allows. Small admin changes on the fit can help the overall capability and cost. For example, if you don't need a full complement of AMRAAM / Meteor on the fuselage stations then the first one to go empty will be the front right station - that way you don't have to account for gun firing vs that individual missile's vib/carriage life.

Just This Once... 2nd Feb 2019 16:30


Originally Posted by 57mm (Post 10378382)
Thanks RP. Why are there no AMRAAMs on fuselage stations and what is the centre line pod, which seems different from the usual Litening pod?

Viewed from the other side shows a slightly clearer image of the Litening pod in shadow, plus an AIM-120C on the front left fuselage station.


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....98ee346598.jpg

pr00ne 2nd Feb 2019 16:38

weemonkey,

Except that we have no 'troops in contact" in country and no deployed presence of thousands of ground troops in place. So no chance of a replay of the RMP debacle.

downsizer 2nd Feb 2019 17:18


Originally Posted by Just This Once... (Post 10378335)
The Typhoon Common Weapons Launcher shown above with single Brimstones mounted can also be used to carry up to 2x PW4. If you only need to carry a single PW4 on a pylon then no need to carry the common weapons launcher.

Mate, are you sure? Pretty sure that Launcher only takes 3 Brimstone???

Jackonicko 2nd Feb 2019 18:09

The original triple launcher (as used on Tornado) was just for three Brimstone. That is the new Cobham Common Weapons Launcher, which can also mount a pair of Paveway IVs.


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