Eurofighter Typhoon looks to dominate the skies

DUBAI – Military aircraft manufacturer BAE System hopes to get some orders, for Eurofighter Typhoon, the most advanced multi-role combat aircraft available on the market, at the eleventh edition of Dubai Airshow.

By Abdul Basit

Published: Sun 15 Nov 2009, 8:49 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:25 AM

The aircraft is flying at the show for the first time. Made by the Eurofighter consortium of Alenia Aeronautica from Italy, BAE Systems in the UK, EADS Deutschland in Germany and EADS CASA in Spain, the aircraft offers an example of what can be achieved through international collaboration.

‘We have delivered six aircraft out of 72 to Saudi Arabia and looking for more orders at the show,’ Andy Wilson, Business Development Director, Autonomous System & Fture Capability, BAE Systems told Khaleej Times on Sunday.

Wislon said that once discussion starts it takes many months to finalise the deal.

Typhoon has already been purchased by five other countries - Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. With a host of roles being undertaken, including NATO air surveillance and international border patrol, the Air Forces are deriving real operational value from their investment in the programme.

Wilson termed Eurofighter Typhoon the ideal solution for the operational requirements in the Gulf region.

The Saudi Arabia will benefit significantly from in-country activities including manufacturing and long-term support, creating a substantial number of highly skilled aerospace and engineering jobs in the Kingdom.

With our latest customer, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a new standard for technology and air defence has been set in the region.

A Typhoon will be flown by RAF Squadron Leader Scott Loughran in the daily air displays at the show. In addition, Eurofighter has a large pavilion showing the Typhoon’s range of current and future capabilities.

Austria recently took delivery of the last of its 15 Typhoon aircraft and can now boast cutting edge facilities, capabilities, as well as a strong industrial offset programme.

Tried and tested in hot weather climates, with the powerful EJ200 engines and long range detection and weapon capability, the Eurofighter Typhoon’s capabilities and potential offer a solution for Middle East defence requirements.

Dubai Air Show will be the ideal opportunity to see the result of these capabilities in action.

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