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DUBAI: Eurofighter comes clean with Typhoon display

With the UAE having put the Eurofighter Typhoon in an unexpected dogfight with Dassault's Rafale, BAE Systems test pilot Nat Makepeace is demonstrating the fighter's handling performance in a "clean" configuration.

Performed using an aircraft from the UK Royal Air Force's 3 Sqn, Makepeace's 8min display sequence is intended to highlight the Typhoon's handling agility through manoeuvres including a vertical climb made immediately after take-off.

This is a marked departure from the Eurofighter consortium's show strategy of the last several years, which has seen it display aircraft carrying heavy weapons loads to showcase the type's multi-role capabilities.

The RAF aircraft taking to the air in Dubai this week arrived in the region recently to participate in a major exercise with the UAE and other allied air forces staged from Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi.

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