Eurofighter new aerodynamics test set for end 2014
Eurofighter will by year-end make is final proof-of-concept test flight on an aerodynamic modification kit that promises to improve the combat aircraft’s subsonic turn rate by 15%.
Adding leading edge root extensions and extended trailing edge flaps, and reshaping the side-of-cockpit ILS antennae covers as 70° delta strakes should improve the aircraft’s agility for close-quarters combat.
The root extensions – or LERX – have already flown and show significant improvement in the subsonic airflow over the wings.
A further boost to agility could also come from the addition of thrust vectoring. flightglobal