JCage wrote:Actually - wrt many key parameters, yes! They have been very very public with the access to the bird about many key operational capabilities. Not the RAF per se, but the EADS combine. Partly to counter public criticism of the program & partly because of the participating nations strong democratic credentials, and most importantly, because they have been very concerned with export sales.
If you actually look at the open reports, its fairly possible to build up a good capability overview of the EF. Of course, I am not getting my hands on operational frequencies, beam widths of the captor etc etc - but the rest, many people worldwide have a good idea. And by the end of this exercise, so will the IAF. I have kept pointing you to some data sources, with good reason!
It is always possible to build a good capability of any aircraft including the likes of F-22 based on opensource information ,But the million dollar question is how much of it has Truth and how much is just mere propoganda/half-truth , they would revel as much as they would like to.
No body discusses Operational matter, operational procedures ,EW/ECM , Radar capabilities,employment , weapon system details etc etc , This exercises are are done to build interop between airforces and build some common operation procedures
You are thoroughly mixing up things here! The EF design, and to a fair extent the Rafales too, come from the 80's not the 90s! The EF program was born way back, but the design aims of the program need to be kept in mind, as do the Rafales. There is little doubt that the EF was more of a classic air superiority fighter with RCS reduction being in the form of band aids
Thats incorrect , Typhoon was always from design a Low RCS Aircraft and not a patch work as it is made to believe , Infact with the RCS reduction they have achieved by design the Typhoon didnt travel the extra mile like the MKI and Rafale fellas have done to reduce its RCS ,
The Rafale is ofcourse a Low RCS by design aircraft , But there are reports that the Typhoon has lower RCS than Rafale but then again people dispute that.
The Typhoon Marketing folks only began highlighting reduced RCS as its achievement when the other folks of its generation began the marketing hype about their respective RCS ( namely Rafale ) , so it became necessary for them to also highlight their design achievement , Purely marketing needs to compete.
When you see a Rafale with Black Paint then you tend to feel that Wow Factor effect , Give the same same paint/camo to LCA or EF and you will find similar Wow factor there.
The patch work on RCS reduction is basicly done by the Russian/MKI folks. But if it helps them than why not.