Eurofighter Typhoon Fires its First Shots in Anger

We all know that the Eurofighter Typhoon made it’s combat debut in the early phases of the campaign against Moammar Gadhafi’s ground forces in Libya. However, it was only yesterday that the jet fired its first ever shots in anger, according to a tipster.

This clip, posted today, shows what’s apparently a Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 demolishing a Libyan tank on April 12 with an Enhanced Paveway II laser-guided bomb. The jet was operating alongside a Tornado GR4 which hit another tank with a Paveway IV. Enjoy.

  • asdf

    too bad it doesn’t have a second crewmember, it would be advantageous for strike missions.

  • Deepy


  • Brandon

    that bit was distracting

  • SJE

    The Typhoon has a weapons system that is activated by saying “grrrr”

    • Taxandrian

      I LOLed! Ha!


      DOOLITTLE - Now, bomb, consider this next question, very carefully. What is your one purpose in life?
      BOMB #20 - To explode, of course.
      DOOLITTLE - And you can only do it once, right?
      BOMB #20 - That is correct.
      DOOLITTLE - And you wouldn’t want to explode on the basis of false data, would you?
      BOMB #20 - Of course not.
      DOOLITTLE - Well then, you’ve already admitted that you have no real proof of the existence of the outside universe.
      BOMB #20 - Yes, well…
      DOOLITTLE - So you have no absolute proof that Sergeant Pinback ordered you to detonate.
      BOMB #20 - I recall distinctly the detonation order. My memory is good on matters like these.
      ~ Dark Star, John Carpenter

  • Brian Black

    See, it does work. Now line up in an orderly fashion and place your orders.

  • asdf

    what are the blacked-out areas?

    • Andy McGeechan

      They are speed angle and targeting data - best kept off the TV -
      now I’ll have to kill you ;)

  • Pacerx

    Isn’t 1000 lbs. of bomb kind of overkill on a tank?

    Seems to me a much smaller weapon could do the job… then you could carry more of them and schwack more tanks…

    • blight

      Well, if SDBs can be used against bunkers and such, I imagine they could be dropped on tanks.

    • Brian Black

      RAF Tornados can carry Brimstone, but this hasn’t yet been integrated into Typhoon.

      Other RAF toys, such as Paveway IV are also yet to be integrated, but a programme is under way.

  • SJE

    Apparently, Libyan tanks have been known to fly, usually with the aid of 1000lb bombs.

    • blight

      Figured only the turret would be briefly airborne.

  • Matt

    Eh who cares if it lets the US/allies (I know its an RAF jet) get around the UN bs to protect its interests by aiding the rebels

  • oppervlakkig

    Resolution 1973 calls for two things.

    1. A no fly zone.
    2. Protection of civilians by all necessary means.

    Bombing tanks falls under 2, not 1. The no fly zone is actually a ‘dont-fly-and-also-dont-use-military-equipment-on-civilians-or-else-we-bomb-you’-zone.

    • joe

      Doesn’t have the same ring to it, though…

      • oppervlakkig

        What do you mean?

    • tiger

      Except that your so called “civilians” are in fact armed to the teeth. The enforcement is pure bs.

      • oppervlakkig

        Yes, agreed. Just saying that criticising bombing tanks because it’s a no fly zone is bullocks.

  • LeoC

    Now if we could just get the F-22 into the fray to get a little blood on its bayonet. :)