Photo: Eurofighter Typhoon’s kill markings. F-16, F-18 and Mirage 2000 among the shot down fighters

As already explained several times, kills scored during simulated dissimilar air combat training are not particularly interesting (other than for marketing purposes) unless the actual Rules Of Engagement (ROE) and the training scenario are known.

However, there is a lot of people who consider kill markings and HUD captures extremely seriously.

Therefore, here’s an interesting picture, showing some kill markings on an Italian Eurofighter Typhoon.

Taken at Grosseto airbase in 2010 by Dario Leone, a reader of this blog, the photograph clearly shows the aircraft downed by the F-2000s of the 4° Stormo during DACT: F-18, F-16, Mirage 2000, Tornado and AMX (with the “Tonka” and the AMX not being particularly significant because they are fighter bombers that don’t excel in the air-to-air scenario).

In 2009, an F-22 kill marking on a EA-18G Growler made the news.


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  1. Is that fourth silhouette a Flogger? Perhaps in Libya? If not a Flogger, what is it, I wonder?

    • As David told in this post is a Tornado. She can’t be a Flogger,
      since this photo has been taken on 3 May 2010 and Libya Air War started about one year later.

  2. I’m just curious as to why the comparison/fascination with a fighter 30 years newer was able to defeat aircraft developed in the early 70’s – flown first mid 70’s, deployed in 1979 – both the ’16 & ’18s (initially the F-17 ‘Y’ variant, picked up by the US Navy) — the Eurofighter was certainly ‘dreamt’ of in the mid 80s, even a prototype flight in ’87 – but the Cold War extinguished, debate over ‘need’ back-burnered until the 2003 debut command, after being contracted in 1998 with ‘final’ prototype flights in 1994/1995 – the contracts were finalized in 1999 and deliveries four years later. 2003 or a generation, almost 25 years of aviation education, wisdom, technology and ‘shared’ know how was seemingly a success.
    The ‘Typhoon’ knocked down a couple of 40 year old birds. I’m willing to bet that the opposite happened not just once or twice;) — I’m not disrespecting the ‘Phoon. The opposite. I’m mearly and indirectly prodding the ’35 production teams to ‘win’ and build a helluva machine, as if our current inventory is vulnerable, as suggested by the article, we should all have concerns. As ‘half’ of the ‘allies’ are ‘behind’ and flying 40 year old, albeit updated and upgraded, and with exceptional kill to BK records …I don’t believe the 15’s been shot down in nearly a hundred A2A engagements. But the arsenal has aged and no one is standing idly on the sideline

    With the hundreds of billions we spend on defense, a Damn Fine Fighter ought to be operational sooner than later!


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