Omani Eurofighter to Replace Jaguar Fighter-Bombers

ARABIAN DEFENSE -- The first two Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets destined for Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) have completed maiden flight from BAE Systems final assembly facility in Warton, Lancashire, UK.

The twin seat trainer variants ZR410 and ZR411 are part of 12 aircraft deal signed in 2012 and will be delivered in 2017.

Oman was the second of the three Middle East nations who have ordered this European multi-national fighter. Currently Saudi Arabia operates the type and Kuwait have 28 on order.

The new Typhoon fleet will replace Oman’s Sepecat Jaguar fighter-bombers retired in 2014 and complement the F-16 C/D fighter jets acquired from USA.

The fleet will be based at the newly constructed Adam airbase, located about 100 miles south west of capital Muscat.

The Eurofighter is powered by twin EJ200 jet engines rated at 90 kN each that enable it to achieve a top speed of Mach 2 and a maximum altitude of 55,000 ft.

Under its 13 external hardpoints, the Typhoon can carry a wide range of missiles, bombs and sensors to form Oman's frontline fighter fleet. The Typhoon's fighter-bomber swing role capability is evident from its ability to carry up to 6 bombs whilst also carrying six missiles, a cannon and a targeting pod.

Only 15% of the aircraft’s surface is metal, delivering stealth operation and protection from radar-based systems.

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