Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has taken delivery of its first Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighter.
The aircraft was received by Commander of the RAFO, Air Vice-Marshal Matar bin Ali Al Obaidani at the Adam Air Base. Sultanate of Oman has became the 7th operator of the platform after Austria, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain and UK.
Oman signed a £2.5 billion ($4.1 billion) deal with BAE Systems to acquire 12 Eurofighters and 8 BAE Hawk advanced trainer jets in December 2012. The 12 jet order include 9 single seat fighters and 3 twin seat fighter/trainer variants. The deal also includes an option for 12 additional Typhoons.
The official roll-out event of the Typhoon and the Hawk was held at BAE Systems’ Warton final assembly site in Lancashire,UK on 15 May 2017.
Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multi-role fighter. The Typhoon was designed and manufactured by a consortium of European Defense companies – Leonardo, Airbus Group, and BAE Systems that conducts the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH formed in 1986.
It is a highly agile aircraft designed to be effective in a dogfight. Later production aircraft are equipped to undertake air-to-surface strike missions with weapons including Storm Shadow and Brimstone missiles which makes them true multi-role fighters.