Eurofighter Typhoon Set to Soar at Le Bourget 2005
Eurofighter Typhoon Set to
Soar at Le Bourget 2005
June 10, 2005 -- The Eurofighter Typhoon presence at the Paris Le Bourget Air
Show 2005 is bigger and better than ever before, with this world-class next
generation combat aircraft prominent both in the air and on the ground.
Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon
during the aerial display at Paris Airshow
A Eurofighter Typhoon
aircraft will feature at the Show with consortium partner Alenia, in combination
with the skilled airmanship of Italian Air Force pilots, providing the
Show-stopping air display. An Italian Air Force series production aircraft will
also be situated on the static display area for viewing throughout the Show.
Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon
landing with chute deployed after successful Paris Airshow aerial display
The Eurofighter pavilion
houses a presentation area that demonstrates the aircraft’s capability and
pivotal role in a network-centric battle environment. This theme will be
further emphasised with a new and exciting audio/visual presentation scheduled
to run concurrently throughout the week for welcome visitors. A full scale
replica with a comprehensive weapon display, and a cockpit simulator, will
demonstrate the weapon system’s outstanding capabilities.
Eurofighter partner EADS
will present a full scale replica of the aircraft supported by an interactive
Following the successful completion of Tranche 2 negotiations
at the end of last year the four-nation Eurofighter programme is now entering
the most exciting and dynamic period of its life so far.
All 148 Tranche 1 aircraft are in final or advanced stages of
production, which will ensure a sustained delivery rate to the customer
throughout 2005. In April, the deployment of IS002 from Alenia’s final assembly
facilities in Torino to 4° Stormo “Amadeo d’Aosta” at Grosseto, Italy, meant
that all four partner air forces now operate series production single-seaters
with Batch 2 standard.
These aircraft have PSP2 Capability (Production System
Package) with Initial Defensive Aids Subsystem (DASS), Multifunctional
Information and Distribution System (MIDS), Initial Direct Voice Input (DVI) and
Over the past month, the flight testing of an upgraded
standard of the Avionics product has been completed, providing operational
evaluations of the updates to the Avionics – in particular RADAR, DASS and
Sensor Fusion – for Batch 2 aircraft. A total number of eight Eurofighter
Typhoon flights (10 hours) supported the QU2 PSQS (Preliminary System
Qualification Statement) (plus nine Tornado flights), and thirteen Typhoon
flights (sixteen hours) supported the Customer OTC (Official Test Centre)
Mission Assessment (plus nine Tornado and four Hawk flights).
The Weapon System was evaluated thoroughly with seven 2v2
(i.e. two Eurofighter Typhoons against two ‘enemies’) Sensor Fusion flights, one
2v4 (against four enemies) Sensor Fusion flight and five dedicated DASS flights
designed to fully test the avionics. The overall performance was encouraging
considering the fairly aggressive operational testing conducted during the
Mission Assessment, with the feedback from the operational pilots confirming
their favourable impressions of the product.
In early 2005, Eurofighter Typhoon made its first
transatlantic deployment. Under the ‘Exercise High Rider’ nickname, the Air
Warfare Centre (AWC) conducts routine trials work on the United States western
ranges, taking advantage of significant overland airspace, good weather and
instrumented range infrastructure to maximise operational test and evaluation
output from these facilities.
Exercise High Rider 10 took place at the United States Naval
Air Weapons Range China Lake in California. Taking part in the deployment were
the Harrier GR7 and Tornado GR4 aircraft of the AWC's Fast Jet and Weapons
Operational Evaluation Unit (FJWOEU) based at RAF Coningsby and a Eurofighter
Typhoon aircraft from the Typhoon combined test team.
The aircraft was deployed from BAE Systems Warton, crewed by
a BAE Systems test pilot and a Typhoon Operational Evaluation Unit 17(R)
Squadron pilot. BT005, a twin-seat series production aircraft, made the
transatlantic crossing with the help of RAF VC10 and Tristar refuelling assets,
before conducting an unaccompanied transit across the USA from Bangor Maine to
China Lake, stopping to refuel at Little Rock Arkansas and Cannon Air Force
Base, New Mexico. The Eurofighter Typhoon began flying again immediately after
its arrival undertaking trials work to evaluate the aircraft's weapon system in
an operational environment.
Exercise High Rider 10 recovered to the UK at the end of the
For more information, please contact:
Hoeveler, Vice President Communication , Eurofighter GmbH, +49 811 801 555
(Office) -- +49 170 855 0474 (Mobile).
- Mark Ritson : Head of
Public Relations, Eurofighter GmbH, +49 811 801 931(Office) -- +49 172 893
Notes to Editors:
Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced swing-role
combat aircraft, developed by the leading aerospace companies, Alenia
Aeronautica, BAE Systems, EADS in Germany and EADS Casa, of the four partner
countries, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain.
Agile and highly manoeuvrable, the twin-engine Eurofighter
Typhoon is designed to operate from hastily prepared bases and small runways
for worldwide operations. It is equipped with an advanced multi-mode radar and
an extensive range of sensors and electronic countermeasures.
The aircraft's ability to gain air superiority beyond
visual range (BVR) and in close combat, and at the same time deliver high
sortie rates against air, naval and ground targets in all weathers with a
variety of weapons, demands close attention to pilot workload. In Eurofighter
the pilot flies through use of a computerised flight control system, which
offers full carefree handling.
A strong emphasis has been placed on reducing cost of
ownership in addition to outstanding performance and flight safety.
Eurofighter Typhoon is less expensive to operate than the generation of
aircraft it is designed to replace. In respect to the cost to performance
relationship Eurofighter is second to none of its competitors.
The Eurofighter partner nations plan to take delivery of
620 aircraft: 180 for Germany, 121 for Italy, 87 for Spain and 232 for the
United Kingdom. An additional export order of 18 Eurofighter Typhoon has been
signed with the Government of Austria.
The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence has agreed an
industrial participation programme with Eurofighter GmbH for the future
enhancement of the weapon system. Eurofighter Typhoon has also been selected
by Greece to meet its respective requirements for a future fighter.
Following Type Acceptance on 30 June, 2003, delivery of
Series Production Aircraft commenced to each of the four national air forces
with entry into service declared in Spring of 2004.
With the signature of the Tranche 2 Production Contract on
14 December 2004, Eurofighter received the production go-ahead for more than
400 aircraft. Eurofighter Typhoon has the largest confirmed production
contract order book of any next generation fighter aircraft.