The decision-making process in the Eurofighter organisation will not be affected by this week's acquisition of Spanish partner Casa by German colleague DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (Dasa), it was stated at the show.

The comment came from Filippo Bagnato, Eurofighter's chairman, during a briefing.

The programme's structure, with supervision effected by the Nato Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (Netma) meant that the combination of Dasa's 30% share with Casa's 13% would not alter the way in which it was run, he says.

The decision to offer potential export customers such as Greece and Norway a stake in an already complex programme has been questioned.

Brian Phillipson, Eurofighter's managing director, says just because a nation was offered industrial offsets as part of a prospective export deal did not mean it would have an adverse impact on the programme.

Source: Flight Daily News