Hallbergmoos (ots) - The Eurofighter fleet in the four Partner Air
Forces has surpassed the 5,000 flying hour mark early November 2005.
The nations had started taking delivery of aircraft at the end of
2003. With production running up during 2004, the air forces
introduced Eurofighter Typhoon into service in spring 2004. At the
end of 2004 they operated 30 aircraft.
At this very early operational flying phase the air forces focused
on evaluation of procedures in ground and flying operation, logistic
processes and most importantly training of air and ground crew. Some
of the aircraft were and still are used for maintenance training.
Today 59 production aircraft have been delivered to the four air
forces directly. Five Instrumented Production Aircraft, owned by the
nations, have been delivered but are operated by industry for the
development Eurofighter Typhoon's future capabilities together with
six Development Aircraft. This fleet of test aircraft has achieved a
total of more than 4,000 flying hours also by the end of October
Thus the international Eurofighter fleet is now approaching the
first 10,000 flying hour mark.
The four air forces plan to go operational with armed aircraft
flying in 2006. The Italian Air Force plans to go to QRA in the
beginning of next year, the German Air Force, the Royal Air Force and
the Spanish Air Force to follow in summer.
The Royal Air Force has already fired ASRAAM missiles and carried
AMRAAM C-5 missiles.
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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