Stewart Penney/LONDON

Eurofighter is reviewing its export strategy and considering the formation of a single sales organisation to sell its Typhoon multi-role fighter, in place of each partner being responsible for sales in individual countries.

The four-nation consortium says a single sales team is one option being considered, while industry sources say the move is the favoured option. A decision is expected soon.

Eurofighter says it is being considered because interest in the Typhoon has ballooned since the partners signed a fixed price contract for an initial 148 aircraft. Greece has chosen the aircraft; Norway is evaluating it; a request for proposals has been received from South Korea; the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands have requested information; and Australia is a key target.

At present marketing is split between the partner companies. A similar sales system for the three-nation Panavia Tornado led to only one export success.

Source: Flight International