Brown: RAF to receive third batch of Eurofighter
The RAF is set to receive a third batch of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft after Prime Minister Gordon Brown's announcement today that the UK will move ahead with its international partners with the final stages of procuring the multi-role combat aircraft.
The MOD will now initial the ministerial agreement which the other partner nations (Germany, Italy and Spain) signed on 2 April 2009, and which contains a statement of principles, including the need to achieve significant through-life savings.
The NATO Eurofighter Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) will continue negotiations with industry with a view to getting the best possible deal for the partner nations (UK, Germany, Italy and Spain). Negotiations will address both procurement and support costs. The Defence Secretary, John Hutton, said: "We look forward to receiving an affordable bid from European industry that will allow us to proceed with a programme that will deliver advanced multi-role aircraft to the Royal Air Force and maintain high-technology skills and industrial capability across the UK and Europe. Subject to the satisfactory outcome of these negotiations, I hope that we will be in a position to sign a contract later this year."