Hallbergmoos (ots) - With deployment of IS002 from Alenia's
facilities in Torino to 4° Stormo "Amadeo d'Aosta" at Grosseto,
Italy, all for partner air forces in Germany, Italy, Spain and the
United Kingdom now operate series production single seaters with
Batch 2 standard.
These aircraft have PSP2 Capability (Production System Package)
with Initial Defensive Aids Subsystem (DASS), Multifunctional
Information and Distribution System (MIDS), Initial Direct Voice
Input (DVI) and Sensor Fusion.
Six Batch 2 aircraft have been accepted by the customer air forces
so far, totaling the number of now delivered series production
aircraft at 41 (including 5 Instrumented Production Aircraft IPA).
Most recently the operation of Eurofighter at extremely low
temperatures has been successfully evaluated and proven in Sweden. At
Decimomannu, Italy, DA 3, the gun firing clearance aircraft, is
completing the final demonstration of the Full Operational Clearance
for the operation of this part of the Weapon System.
Flight test of the new Phase 4 Standard Flight Control System
Software dedicated for Block 2b has begun. Industry and government
test pilots comments are enthusiastic: "The Phase 4 software left a
very good impression overall. It was like flying a different, much
more spirited and agile aircraft." Pilots also praise the new
software for air-to-air refueling, reducing workload considerably.
Production of Tranche 1 standard aircraft is fully underway with
the 100th center fuselage and right wing section already delivered.
Production for Tranche 2 aircraft has already begun last year with
first frames for the centre fuselage produced.
Aloysius Rauen, CEO Eurofighter GmbH, commented: "Eurofighter
Typhoon is the biggest and most successful military aerospace
programme in Europe. With 638 aircraft under contract to five nations
Eurofighter GmbH holds the largest order book of any next generation
fighter aircraft worldwide, making Eurofighter Typhoon the undisputed
Number One in the global fighter business.
Eurofighter Typhoon has unquestioned capabilities acknowledged by
the customers and international aerospace experts. Its operational
potential reaches far into the first decade of this century, offering
huge technological and industrial advantages to new potential
customers based on a large order book, reducing customer risk. The
Eurofighter Typhoon programme is characterized as a fully open
partnership with unrivalled technological and industrial return to
customers who wish to join the project."
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced swing-role combat
aircraft, developed by the leading aerospace companies, Alenia
Aeronautica, BAE SYSTEMS, EADS in Germany and EADS CASA, of the four
partner countries, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain.
Agile and highly manoeuvrable, the twin-engine Eurofighter Typhoon
is designed to operate from hastily prepared bases and small runways
for worldwide operations. It is equipped with an advanced multi-mode
radar and an extensive range of sensors and electronic
The aircraft's ability to gain air superiority beyond visual range
(BVR) and in close combat, and at the same time deliver high sortie
rates against air, naval and ground targets in all weathers with a
variety of weapons, demands close attention to pilot workload. In
Eurofighter the pilot flies through use of a computerised flight
control system, which offers full carefree handling.
A strong emphasis has been placed on reducing cost of ownership in
addition to outstanding performance and flight safety. Eurofighter
Typhoon is less expensive to operate than the generation of aircraft
it is designed to replace. In respect to the cost to performance
relationship Eurofighter is second to none of its competitors.
The Eurofighter partner nations plan to take delivery of 620
aircraft: 180 for Germany, 121 for Italy, 87 for Spain and 232 for
the United Kingdom. An additional export order of 18 Eurofighter
Typhoon has been signed with the Government of Austria.
The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence has agreed an industrial
participation programme with Eurofighter GmbH for the future
enhancement of the weapon system. Eurofighter Typhoon has also been
selected by Greece to meet its respective requirements for a future
Following Type Acceptance on 30 June, 2003, delivery of Series
Production Aircraft commenced to each of the four national air forces
with entry into service declared in Spring of 2004.
With the signature of the Tranche 2 Production Contract on 14
December 2004, Eurofighter now has the largest confirmed production
contract order book of any next generation fighter aircraft.
ots Originaltext: Eurofighter GmbH
Eurofighter GmbH, Hallbergmoos
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