The Eurofighter fleet is celebrating after passing the 500,000 flying hours mark, as it cements its place at the heart of European air defence.
|Eurofighter fleet passes 500,000 flying hours.
November 9, 2018 – Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH confirmed the milestone today, saying that the aircraft is combat proven, incredibly reliable and ready to play a key role in the future battlespace.
Volker Paltzo, CEO of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said:
“Passing the 500,000 flying hours milestone underscores the fact that today Eurofighter Typhoon is the backbone of NATO’s European air defence.
“But, looking to future horizons, it will continue to be developed to defend against all threats for decades to come. The aircraft will play a key role in the future battlespace, and will be a central pillar in any future European combat air system, developing and integrating key technologies that will feed in to that future system.”
Eurofighter Typhoon has rapidly accumulated hours across the fleet, particularly in recent years, following an increase in the tempo of air policing and combat operations. There is now a fleet of almost 500 aircraft protecting Europe’s borders, with the potential for this number to grow substantially in the coming decades.
The Typhoons from the four European nations have often been deployed in Estonia and Lithuania under the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and Italy and England have also offered interim protection to Iceland and Romania respectively.
In the future, Eurofighter Typhoon will get a new electronically scanned array radar, an enhanced human machine interface and new weapons.
With a total of 623 aircraft ordered to date the Typhoon is currently the largest military procurement programme in Europe. Typhoon is an advanced swing-role combat aircraft and can be deployed in the full spectrum of air operations including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.
Written by Matteo Sanzani
Images: Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH