Kuwait Air Force receives four more Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters

On October 27, 2023, the Kuwaiti Air Force welcomed four additional Eurofighter Typhoons, bringing its collection to 13 out of the 28 aircraft it has ordered, as reported by Kuwait's official news agency.

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Kuwait Welcomes Four Additional Eurofighter Typhoons to its Fleet 925 001 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter, air superiority fighter (Picture source: Royal Air Force)

This delivery, which began in December 2021, marks a significant step in bolstering the combat readiness of the Kuwaiti Air Force. Supporting this initiative, the Italian Air Force provides in-flight refueling with its KC-767A tanker aircraft. Moreover, they have devised plans to train Kuwaiti pilots, engineers, and technicians to ensure the optimal operation of the Eurofighter fleet.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is the result of a collaborative project between the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The project was launched in the 1980s to address the need for a modern combat aircraft capable of responding to 21st-century threats. The Eurofighter GmbH consortium was established to manage the aircraft's development, production, and upgrades.

Technically speaking, the Eurofighter is a twin-engine delta-winged aircraft with canard foreplanes. It is powered by two EJ200 engines, allowing it to achieve speeds exceeding Mach 2. The aircraft is equipped with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, giving it excellent target detection and tracking capabilities. Furthermore, it boasts advanced electronic warfare systems and countermeasures, making it challenging for enemy systems to detect and target.

The Eurofighter is designed to be versatile, and capable of undertaking a variety of missions ranging from air superiority to ground attack, reconnaissance, and air-to-air combat. With its significant payload capacity, the aircraft can be armed with a range of missiles, bombs, and other munitions to address various threats. Its exceptional maneuverability makes it formidable in close combat.

Several countries have adopted the Eurofighter as their primary combat aircraft, including the project's partner countries (UK, Germany, Italy, Spain) and other nations such as Austria, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. These countries have recognized the Eurofighter's capability to operate in complex combat environments and fulfill various operational roles.

These state-of-the-art Eurofighter Typhoons come equipped with advanced electronic warfare systems, a Mauser BK27mm cannon, and the ability to equip a diverse range of missiles. Impressively, these jets can achieve speeds surpassing Mach 1. Notably, each aircraft sent to Kuwait is integrated with an active electronically scanned array radar. Collectively, the received aircraft have logged over 400 flight hours.

Once the entire order is completed, these 28 Eurofighters will enhance the capabilities of the Kuwaiti Air Force, seamlessly integrating with their existing F/A-18 Hornet and Mirage F1 jets.