2008-11-24 - Italy Tranche 2 EurofighterAlenia: delivery of first Tranche 2 Typhoon to the Italian Air Force
Erster Eurofighter der Tranche 2 für Italien<br /> Important step for the Eurofighter Typhoon, the main European industrial collaborative programme. Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, has officially delivered the first Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoon to the Italian Air Force.
The aircraft - IS020 was flown to Grosseto by Maj. Marco Bertoli, deputy-commander of the IX group of the 4Wing of ItAF, is the first of a series of 47 enhanced standard fighters which will be delivered to the Italian Air Force until 2013, as layed out in the contract signed in 2004 by the Eurofighter consortium with the four-nation agency NETMA. The Eurofighter consortium, through its partner industries (Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, EADS CASA and EADS Deutschland), will produce and deliver, in the next 5 years, a total of 323 Tranche 2 Typhoons (including 72 aircraft for Saudi Arabia) to be added to the Tranche 1 Typhoons already delivered.