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Eurofighter Typhoon Achieves First 5,000 Hours in Operational Flying

Eurofighter Typhoon Achieves First 5,000 Hours in Operational Flying

Hallbergmoos, Germany – (EADS) November 17, 2005 -- The Eurofighter fleet in the four Partner Air Forces has surpassed the 5,000 flying hour mark early November 2005. The nations had started taking delivery of aircraft at the end of 2003. With production running up during 2004, the air forces introduced Eurofighter Typhoon into service in spring 2004. At the end of 2004 they operated 30 aircraft.

At this very early operational flying phase the air forces focused on evaluation of procedures in ground and flying operation, logistic processes and most importantly training of air and ground crew. Some of the aircraft were and still are used for maintenance training.

Today 59 production aircraft have been delivered to the four air forces directly. Five Instrumented Production Aircraft, owned by the nations, have been delivered but are operated by industry for the development Eurofighter Typhoon’s future capabilities together with six Development Aircraft. This fleet of test aircraft has achieved a total of more than 4,000 flying hours also by the end of October 2005.

Thus the international Eurofighter fleet is now approaching the first 10,000 flying hour mark.

The four air forces plan to go operational with armed aircraft flying in 2006. The Italian Air Force plans to go to QRA in the beginning of next year, the German Air Force, the Royal Air Force and the Spanish Air Force to follow in summer.

The Royal Air Force has already fired ASRAAM missiles and carried AMRAAM C-5 missiles.

For more information, please contact:

  • Wolfdietrich 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 2147 (Mobile).


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).