BAE SYSTEMS pleased with Austrian selection of Eurofighter
02 Jul 2002
BAE Systems is pleased with the announcement by the Austrian Federal Government that they have chosen Eurofighter as the future mainstay of their air force, and that they will begin negotiations with the Eurofighter consortium leading to a contract for up to 24 aircraft.
Mike Turner, Chief Executive of BAE Systems, said, "This is excellent news for the Eurofighter Consortium and the Eurofighter programme. Eurofighter represents a step-change in the ability of the nations receiving it to enhance the defence of their interests for the foreseeable future."
About Eurofighter Typhoon:
The Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced swing-role combat aircraft, developed by the leading aerospace companies, BAE Systems, EADS Deutschland, Alenia Aerospazio, and EADS Spain, of the four partner countries, the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Eurofighter Typhoon features unrivalled technology, designed for the defence needs across the next forty years.
Agile, stealthy, twin-engined and designed to operate from hastily prepared bases and small runways and for world-wide operations. It is equipped with advanced multi-mode, pulse-Doppler Radar and an extensive range of sensors and electronic countermeasures.
The aircraft's ability to gain air superiority Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and in close combat, and at the same time deliver high sortie rates against naval and ground targets in all weathers with a variety of weapons, demands close attention to pilot workload. In Eurofighter the pilot flies through use of a computerised flight control system, which offers full carefree handling.
A strong emphasis has been placed on reducing cost of ownership in addition to outstanding performance and flight safety. Reliability, low cost of maintenance and a sophisticated on-board testing system ensure ease of day to day management and through life costs that make the Eurofighter Typhoon less expensive to run than the generation of aircraft it is designed to replace.
The Eurofighter partner nations will take delivery of 620 aircraft: 232 for the UK, 180 for Germany, 121 for Italy and 87 for Spain.
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