Sounds like they were desperate to fire an A2G weapon, and could not wait to confirm a friend or foe. Perhaps IAF's pressure saying we are watching the whole ops.
Now, that is poor intel sharing.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12785746http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-2 ... cture.html
Eurofighter said March 8 that London-based BAE, Europe’s biggest defense company, had released a Raytheon Co. (RTN) Paveway IV laser-guided bomb from a Typhoon test plane, a weapon that Tusa of Defence Analysis said could in theory be deployed in Libya.
“In terms of boosting exports you want Typhoon doing this,” he said. “Having spent the money there’s no reason it can’t.”
The Eurofighter’s operational scope in Libya is narrower than that of Dassault’s Rafale, which flew combat patrols over Afghanistan as early as 2002 and took on a ground-attack role there five years later. The “omnirole” plane has undertaken a variety of Libyan missions from Saint-Dizier airbase in France and the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.
“It has been used for air-to-air missions, air-to-ground to hit targets, for reconnaissance and even as a tanker,” said Colonel Thierry Burkhard, a spokesman for the French joint armed forces. “It’s completely multi-functional. You can prepare the plane and choose the mission while you’re flying.”
“I have been little short of amazed about how low-beat the French have been on Rafale’s profile in Libya,” said Tusa, a defence analyst for 15 years. “They are desperate to sell it.”
The French air force bombed a Libyan military airbase 150 miles inland last night, Burkhard said at a Paris briefing, while the New York Post said on its website that French fighters shot down a Soko G-2 Galeb. The plane is a reconnaissance and ground-attack model built in the former Yugoslavia until 1983.
The Saab Gripen, which first flew in 1988, two years after the Rafale and six years before the Typhoon, has racked up 150,000 flying hours and is a proven fighter, despite never having operated a combat mission, spokesman Lasse Jansson said.
“It’s not something we are asked when we’re out marketing the aircraft,” Jansson said by telephone. “Most potential customers know that Gripen has demonstrated these things.”
All are basically trying show off for MRCA!! Gripen just talking, while Ef2K is trying harder and harder to deploy, and blast anything on their way to impress, while the french took the lead to show !! impressive so far from the katrinas.
http://cencio4.wordpress.com/2011/02/13 ... r-typhoon/
multi role typhoon: Italy did not completely rule out the use of Eurofighters for air-to-ground missions, since both T2 and T3 aircraft will have the ability to carry Paveway and JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) that are already used by the Tornado and the AMX, and will be carried in the future by the F-35s (that Italy plans to acquire in 109 examples: 69 conventional take-off and landing F-35As and 40 short take-off and vertical landing F-35Bs). Hence, the air-to-ground mission is viewed as secondary for the Typhoon; provided their ability to use the ordnance in inventory for other aircraft, the Eurofighter will be possibly be used as “back up” attack platforms until 2040.