Cassidian delivers 100th Eurofighter to the German Air Force
Cassidian handed over the 100th Eurofighter to the German Air Force today, at the Military Air Systems Centre in Manching.
The anniversary aircraft with the identifier 31+00 took off in the afternoon on its delivery flight to Fighter Bomber Wing 31 “Boelcke” in Noervenich.
Speaking to invited delegates who included politicians, representatives of the public authorities, the German armed forces and industry, Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian, underscored the importance of this milestone for the company:
“The Eurofighter programme is and remains one of the essential pillars of Cassidian’s business. Eurofighter is the largest European high-tech programme ….. Together with the German Air Force, we can be proud that this programme is running soundly and successfully,” said Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian,
General Lieutenant Karl Muellner, Chief of Staff of the German Air Force, said: “…. Eurofighter, is today, and will remain in future, the backbone of the German Air Force’s combat aircraft fleet, particularly in light of the new orientation of our armed forces.”
The German Air Force received its first Eurofighter from Cassidian at the beginning of 2003. Operations were launched in Germany in 2004 and since then Luftwaffe Eurofighters have flown more than 30,000 flight hours without accident.
The Eurofighter is currently operational at Fighter Wing 73 ‘Steinhoff’ in Laage, Fighter Wing 74 in Neuburg and Fighter Bomber Wing 31 ‘Boelke’ in Noervenich.
With 719 aircraft under contract, 571 real orders and 355 deliveries, the Eurofighter is currently the largest military procurement programme in Europe and, thanks to its high technology, boosts the European aviation industry’s standing in international competition.