The service argued that this would save money by reducing the requirement for ground equipment, removing training costs and avoiding the fatigue effects of firing the cannon.
The RAF maintained the option to activate the cannons at very short notice were operational requirements to change.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is in service with six nations: United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Austria.
It has been ordered by Kuwait and Oman, with orders for all eight customers still pending as of August 2016.
This followed protracted negotiations regarding the early introduction of ground attack capabilities of the aircraft and hence its swing-role capability.
While this was always planned it was intended to come at a much later date.
The aircraft's maiden flight was on April 15, 2002.