Includes Nearly 6,000 Hours Logged In Test Fleet
The combined efforts of the five customer Air Forces and the
industrial Flight Test program have seen the Eurofighter Typhoon
multi-/swing-role combat aircraft surpass the 50,000 flight hours
By the end of August, the Air Forces of Germany, Italy, Spain,
United Kingdom and Austria had amassed some 44,500 in-service
flying hours which, when coupled with the 5,900 logged by the test
fleet, easily surpasses the 50,000 mark.
"This latest milestone is a recognition of the dedication of the
flight crews and engineers across the Air Forces and the industrial
test and evaluation teams," said Aloysius Rauen, Eurofighter CEO.
"It is also testament to the reliability and availability of the
Eurofighter Typhoon weapon system. These two elements,
professionalism and technological achievement, are what define
Eurofighter Typhoon as the world-beating aircraft that is in
operational service today."
Currently, 10 units across five Air Forces operate the
Eurofighter Typhoon. As of this summer, all nations have assigned
the aircraft Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) and Air Surveillance
responsibilities. The Austrian Armed Forces carried out high
profile airspace protection sorties with fully-armed Eurofighter
Typhoons over the host stadiums during the Euro2008 football
Detachments to foreign bases and multi-nation Eurofighter
Typhoon exercises have become a regular occurrence throughout 2008,
highlighted by the first four-nation "Typhoon Meet" at Morón
Air Base, Spain, and the aircraft's participation in Exercise
Spring Flag in Sardinia. The UK Royal Air Force, through their
strong involvement in the US-led Exercise Green Flag West, declared
Eurofighter Typhoon as multi-role capable in a ceremony at RAF
Coningsby in July, following the highly successful deployment to
Nevada, USA, to demonstrate the jet's air-to-ground capability.
To date, 148 aircraft have been delivered to five Air Forces,
completing the Tranche 1 order. First deliveries of Tranche 2
aircraft are imminent, while the proposals for the 236 Eurofighter
Typhoons that make up Tranche 3 have been submitted to NETMA. The
consortium is awaiting the response with all efforts geared towards
a contract signature by the end of 2008 or early 2009.