Danish National Armament Director flight-tested the Eurofighter
* “Good oversight” for the formal evaluation
* Danish evaluation process initiated end of August 2005 includes Request for Information (RFI) on Eurofighter Typhoon
* General Axelsen acknowledges capacities of the fighter
Munich / Manching, 16 November 2005
During a visit to the Manching facility of EADS Military Aircraft on 7th and 8th November, Major General Klaus L. Axelsen, Chief of the Royal Danish Air Force Air Materiel Command (AMC), and National Armament Director, flew the Eurofighter in a scheduled flight test sortie in which he experienced the overall capabilities of the aircraft. In particular, he participated in very demanding flight control system tests of the automatic recovery system and the Infra Red Search and Track system (IRST). IRST forms an important part of the overall integrated system suite of sensors within the Eurofighter Weapon System. In addition, as a demonstration of the Eurofighter’s superb handling capabilities and a significant achievement on his first flight, the General flew the aircraft throughout the entire mission, including the landing.
After his flight, General Axelsen stated: “The Danish Air Force is looking for a replacement aircraft for the F-16, so we are now investigating the possibilities on the market. I would like to thank the management of EADS for giving us such a warm welcome and giving me the opportunity to get a really good oversight of the aircraft. I gained a lot from this one hour and 15 minutes flight.” Axelsen added, “Flying the Eurofighter has given us a lot of food for thought – so that was really great! And this demonstration flight, or test flight rather - because it was a test flight -, gave me a very good oversight of the cockpit and the possibilities of the aircraft.” Concluding he underlined: “Your dedicated effort is impressive and you should be proud of this very capable fighter!”
During his visit, the General was accompanied by Mr Christian Arildsen, Head of Department of Plans and Policy in the Danish Ministry of Defence, and senior members of his staff. The two-day visit to Manching by the General and his entourage was part of the evaluation process, which was initiated end of August 2005 by issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to Eurofighter GmbH (Eurofighter Typhoon) and several competitors. This RFI with various subsequent steps will lead to an eventual decision on which competitor would best suit the Danish requirements for a F-16 replacement.
General Axelsen was extensively briefed on the Eurofighter programme, its current status and future development plans together with a detailed briefing and tour of the joint German Air Force / EADS Eurofighter Two-Level Maintenance and Support system which is operating out of Manching in support of the German Air Force’s Eurofighter fleet. This is a totally integrated partnership of military and civilian industry personnel dedicated to support in-service Eurofighter operations and was of particular interest to the General as such a support system forms part of the future Danish requirements.
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