One of the more glaring deficiencies of the Eurofighter Typhoon compared to its contemporaries (Super Hornet, Rafale, etc) has been its focus on air-superiority over strike capability. As older Panavia Tornados get retired, however, the Typhoon will step up and take more of a ground-pounder role. This means upgrades.
Most recently, trials have begun incorporating the Storm Shadow air launched cruise missile (ALCM). The Storm Shadow is a big, stealthy missile with about a 500km range and a 450kg warhead.
|No. Not THAT Storm Shadow.|
|A Typhoon shows off 2 Taurus KEPD 350 ALCMs on its inboard wing pylons.|
With increased orders originating from the Middle East, valuable upgrades to the aircraft's weapon systems are taking place. With the addition of a new AESA radar, targeting pods, and the like, the Eurofighter Typhoon will no longer be seen as a strictly air-to-air fighter.