The Eurofighter Typhoon was supposed to be a state-of-the-art air superiority fighter plane. Developed as a cooperative effort between the aerospace industries of several European countries, it was envisioned as a project to meet the unique conditions and needs of European military forces and doctrine while keeping costs manageable. This was a good idea, maybe even admirable.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. The plane is capable enough, and there’s no denying that it would perform its combat role if called upon. But it’s apparent that the performance of the Eurofighter is startlingly similar to an American F-16 while having a sticker price 8 times that of the US warplane.
European defense budgets have eroded so much that the powers-that-be decided to sell off the first run of Eurofighters at greatly reduced prices in order to generate some badly needed cash. This is sort of like selling the new family car at a loss in order to make the payments.
Unfortunately, even that isn’t working out as planned. Jane’s Defence reports that Singapore has formally announced that they won’t consider the plane for purchase. In other words, don’t let the door hit you in the backside.
I’m waiting to see which aircraft Singapore decides to buy. If it’s old Soviet designs then the blow to European prestige is going to be pretty significant.