The German air force is aiming to have its first Typhoon unit operational in the air-to-surface role – using the GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II laser-guided bomb and the Litening designator pod – by 2012.
The first air force unit earmarked to use the Eurofighter Typhoon in the air-to-ground role, Jagdbombergeschwader (Fighter-bomber wing) 31 “Boelcke”, received the first four aircraft December 16. The unit presently flies the Tornado IDS aircraft, and is based at Norvenich. The conversion to Typhoon is due to be complete by June 2010.
The German air force already has two fighter units equipped with the aircraft, Jagdgeschwader 73 “Steinhoff” at Laage-Rostock, and JG74 at Neuberg-Donau.
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