The four partner nations in the Eurofighter programme are expected to sign a contract on 17 December for the Tranche 2 production of 236 aircraft, bringing to an end months of uncertainty over continued production of the type. The expected approval by Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK will enable launch export customer Austria to receive its 18 Typhoons on time and will also boost the design's prospects in Singapore, where it is contesting an initial 20-aircraft requirement with Boeing's F-15T and Dassault's Rafale. Now in full swing, Tranche 1 production covers the manufacture of 148 Eurofighters.

Source: Flight International