Eurofighter deliveries to Austria completed
Eurofighter has delivered the 15th and final aircraft ordered by the Austrian Armed Forces today. The aircraft was rolled out from the the EADS Defence & Security Manching assembly line, close to Munich, Germany.
The contract for the supply of 15 Eurofighter aircraft, including weapons and equipment, was signed by Austria and Eurofighter GmbH in July 2003. The contracts also covered simulation equipments, personnel training and logistic support.
This logistic support system helped the Austrian Air Force to commence operational air policing missions 11 months after delivery of the first Eurofighter on 12 July 2007. Since the first Typhoon entered service, the aircraft have flown more than 1,100 flying hours with the Air Surveillance Wing’s home base in Zeltweg.
With the completion of the deliveries to Austria, five air forces in Europe have the Typhoon in service as the backbone of their fleets to enable interoperability; development of standard operational procedures and mutual logistic support to increase the already high average of fleet efficiency and effectiveness.