Eurofighter boss outlines objectives as Typhoon fleet passes 100,000 flight hours

Munich
Source: Flightglobal.com
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Eurofighter will press ahead in three key areas after reaching the milestone of 100,000 flying hours.

Speaking at the European consortium's Munich headquarters on 25 January, Eurofighter chief executive Enzo Casolini said the four-nation project is committed to pushing in three main directions.

First is the importance of maintaining customer satisfaction and in-service support, described as one of Eurofighter's "main priorities".

 
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An Italian air force aircraft has received special markings to celebrate the 100,000 flight hour event

Second, the consortium will look to enhance the aircraft to ensure it is "always at the cutting edge of technology". Casolini said Eurofighter is in talks with its customers over enhancements for the next 10 years and beyond.

An active electronically scanned array radar will be available on Tranche 3 aircraft for "relatively low cost". Further enhancements for export will be available on a case-by-case basis, Eurofighter adds.

The third part of the programme is an export drive, which is being supported by the governments of partner nations Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Eurofighter describes the Indian air force's ongoing procurement programme for a medium multi-role combat aircraft as a "one-time opportunity". The Typhoon faces competition from the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Lockheed Martin F-16, RSK MiG-35 and Saab Gripen NG for the 126-aircraft requirement.

Eurofighter officials say two of the Italian air force's aircraft will be sent to this month's Aero India air show in Bangalore. Meanwhile, one of the service's aircraft has been given special markings to celebrate the 100,000h milestone.