- The number of aircraft delivered into
service with the four Eurofighter partner air forces of Germany, UK,
Italy and Spain soared through fifty this week.
The German Luftwaffe and the Spanish Air Force simultaneously
accepted aircraft into service on Wednesday, 29th June 2005 taking
the total number of Eurofighter deliveries so far to 51 since the
very first production off-take in June 2003.
Whilst all 30 Eurofighter Batch 1 aircraft and five Instrumented
Production Aircraft (IPA) are already in service, 16 Batch 2 are now
delivered to the air forces of Germany, UK, Spain and Italy bringing
the total number of series production aircraft delivered so far to
By industry/customer deliveries to date:
BAE Systems 15 (plus 2 IPA) - Royal Air Force
EADS Germany 13 (plus 1 IPA) - German Luftwaffe
EADS CASA 9 (plus 1 IPA) - Spanish Air Force
Alenia 9 (plus 1 IPA) - Italian Air Force
The Batch 2 aircraft have Production System Package (PSP2)
Capability with initial Defensive Aids Subsystem (DASS),
Multifunctional Information and Distribution System (MIDS), initial
Direct Voice Input (DVI) and initial Sensor Fusion.
Aloysius Rauen, the CEO of Eurofighter GmbH, commented: "We are
delighted with this latest milestone. 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 new generation global fighter business.
"Eurofighter Typhoon has unquestioned capabilities acknowledged by
the customers and international aerospace experts. Its operational
potential reaches far into the first half 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. All of our stakeholders can
be proud that Eurofighter aircraft deliveries have exceeded 50," he
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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 received the production go-ahead for more
than 400 aircraft. Eurofighter Typhoon has the largest confirmed
production contract order book of any next generation fighter
ots Originaltext: Eurofighter GmbH
Vice President Communication
Head of Public Relations