Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe.


Nov 15, 2009


It has been a long time since we have heard the "yesterday's aircraft at tomorrow's prices" jibe thrown at Eurofighter, but those who still insist that the air superiority fighter is a "Cold War relic" may be missing something critical: the Cold War itself has not entirely gone away. Proof came on 15 September, when two German air force Eurofighters had to make an "alpha scramble" from their temporary base at Siauliai, Lithuania, while providing Baltic sector quick reaction alert/air policing duties for NATO. The aircraft they met turned out to be a Russian air force Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control platform, which the German pilots photographed and escorted further...

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