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The Typhoon has a single wheel in the front gear, but the Rafale or Gripen have double wheels in the front gear. What is the reason for this difference?

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Ther are a lot of reasons for doing one over the other, from design trade offs to steering mechanisms to weight savings vs Service life, runway loading requirements, etc. In the case of the Rafale-N, the nose landing gear is designed to interface with the catapult shuttle on the ship, so a single nosewheel would not be an option here.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think we need a question about all the different ways used over the history of aviation to connect airplanes to catapults aboard carriers... if there isn't one already. $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Apr 25 at 13:35

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