The UK Royal Air Force took delivery of its first two Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft with multi-role capability from BAE Systems on 6 August.

The multi-role capability means that the aircraft are able to take on and defeat other fighters in air-to-air combat, as well as attack ground targets with GPS and laser-guided bombs – all in one mission.

 The RAF is now using the fighter as an integral part of the UK's airspace defence operations

Before flying the aircraft down from BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, Wg Cdr Gavin Parker, Officer Commanding XI Squadron, said: "The Typhoon is already an exceptional air-to-air fighter and is demonstrating excellent potential in the air-to-surface role. 

"A combination of its range, payload and performance, coupled with the planned integration of a variety of air-to-surface weapons, will make it a fantastic close air support machine.”