BAE Systems delivered the final of the 160 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft ordered by the UK Royal Air Force, the company announced.
A ceremony was held at BAE Systems’ final assembly facility at Warton to mark the latest milestone delivery. The RAF deploys its Typhoon aircraft fleet on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) and on overseas operations.
Andy Flynn, Typhoon Capability Director for BAE Systems – Air, said:
“This event marks another major milestone in our partnership with the UK which will continue to see us work together to invest in evolving Typhoon to become the complete battlefield controller. Typhoon was designed to continuously evolve and its untapped potential continues to be realised with new investments in radar, communications, data management, weapons and connectivity further strengthening its role in the frontline of securing the skies over the UK.
“With production for Qatar ramping up and Typhoon attracting interest in a number of international campaigns, it is entering the next stage of a technological journey which future-proofs it for decades to come. Over this time, it will be the platform which will develop and deploy technologies which will become central on a future combat air system, making it the ideal interoperable partner to fly alongside a Future Combat Air System.”
Air Commodore Paul Lloyd, Head of the Fast Air Support Team at the UK’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, said:
“Great pride should be taken for the continued dedication and hard work needed to reach this significant milestone for the Typhoon programme.”
As the delivery to the RAF is now completed, BAE Systems’ production facility in Warton, Lancashire, is now gearing up to start assembly of Typhoon aircraft for the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF), with the first jet due to be delivered in 2022.
In Dec. 2017, BAE Systems and the Government of the State of Qatar have entered into a contract, valued at approximately £5bn, for the supply of 24 Typhoon aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force along with a bespoke support and training package. The contract was amended in June this year to include the supply of nine BAE Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft along with an initial support package.
Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter manufactured by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo that conducts the majority of the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH formed in 1986.
The Typhoon entered operational service in 2003; it has entered service with the air forces of Austria, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Saudi Arabia. The air forces of Oman, Kuwait and Qatar are export customer.