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Monday, February 23, 2015

Typhoon Fighter Jet Is Set for Weapons Upgrade

Eurofighter TyphoonFour European countries on Sunday committed to upgrading the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet’s air-to-ground weapons, as airstrikes on Islamic insurgents in Iraq underscore the need for planes to hit moving targets.

Representatives from the U.K., Germany, Italy and Spain signed a €200 million ($228 million) contract to upgrade the jet, said the Eurofighter consortium, which includes BAE Systems PLC, Airbus Group NV and Finmeccanica SpA. The new capabilities will likely be available in two years.

The upgrade will fit the Typhoon combat jet with Brimstone-2 precision missiles, British Defense Equipment Minister Philip Dunne said here at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference. The missile is made by Europe’s MBDA missile joint venture, which comprises the same companies.

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