The Eurofighter, known as ‘Typhoon’ for export outside Europe, is a network-enabled, extremely agile, high-performance multi-role combat aircraft optimised for swing-role operations in complex air-to-air and air-to-surface combat scenarios. It is capable of fulfilling supersonic, beyond-visual-range combat, subsonic close-in air combat, air interdiction, air defence suppression and maritime and littoral attack roles. Eurofighter represents the peak of British, German, Italian and Spanish collaborative technology in avionics, aerodynamics, materials, manufacturing techniques and engines. As of January 2013, more than 350 aircraft have been delivered, with production of tranche 3a secured until end of 2017.
Eurofighter series production in full swing
Cassidian in Germany and Spain is the biggest shareholder (46%) within this joint four-nation programme, in which the UK’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi also participate. 620 Eurofighter aircraft have been ordered by the four programme nations. Austria has booked and received 15 aircraft. Another 72 have been ordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Oman has also ordered 12. Final assembly of the series production aircraft is in full swing. Cassidian is responsible for the centre fuselage, the flight control system, attack and identification as well as communication sub-systems, the manufacturing of the right wing and leading edge slats for all aircraft ordered under the programme, as well as the final assembly of the aircraft ordered by the German and Spanish Air Force.
Unparalleled fleet effectiveness
The Eurofighter is the only fighter to offer wide-ranging operational capabilities while delivering unparalleled fleet effectiveness. The aircraft’s outstanding features are its future-oriented modular avionic and digital flight control system, its ultra-modern human-machine interface, its sensor fusion and Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS), its extensive weapons/stores inventory, its stealth features and its automated and mission-tailored defensive aids for high survivability. The Eurofighter also offers a low cost of ownership and is designed for growth.
EUROFIGHTER IN FIGURES
27.03.1994 date of maiden flight. The first production aircraft flew for the first time on 13 February, 2003, and the entry into service took place in spring 2004 717 aircraft ordered, with more than 350 delivered (as of January 2013) 2.0+ Mach maximum speed 23.5 tonnes maximum take-off weight 1,852 kilometres maximum range