in Defence

BAE Systems awarded £1.3bn German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon contract

Posted 12 November 2020 · Add Comment

BAE Systems announced today that it has been awarded a £1.3 billion order to support the production of 38 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the German Air Force.



Above: Eurofighter Typhoon in the rain.
Courtesy BAE Systems


Work will commence in 2021 at BAE Systems’ sites in Lancashire, maintaining continuity of Typhoon production through to the mid-2020s and sustaining high-value engineering roles in the North of England. These critical jobs are a key element of securing the UK’s sovereign skills and capabilities which are central to realising the Government’s future combat air ambitions.
 
More than 5,000 BAE Systems employees directly support the Typhoon programme in the UK, supporting a further 10,000 jobs in the UK economy as a whole.
 
The Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced multi-role combat aircraft in operation, supporting European security and defence objectives. BAE Systems will deliver more than a third of the components for each of the new Typhoons ordered by the German Air Force including the aircraft’s front fuselage and tail. Final assembly will be undertaken by Airbus in Manching, Germany.
 
The new aircraft will join the existing German Air Force Typhoon fleet from the mid-2020s and will be equipped with the latest technology, including an advanced electronically-scanning radar.

Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems, said: "Germany’s decision to purchase additional Typhoons reinforces the aircraft’s position as one of the world’s most successful combat military aircraft. The Typhoon programme makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, generating billions of pounds through exports and supporting more than 15,000 jobs across the UK including thousands of highly skilled roles in the North of England."

The combat air sector delivers £6 billion of revenue to the UK every year and is responsible for 87% of the nation’s defence exports, a significant proportion of which comes from Typhoon. Few areas of Government spending deliver such impactful economic returns – export sales of Typhoon have already returned more than double the UK Government’s £12 billion investment in the programme to the UK economy.
 
The Typhoon programme will also help to drive innovation as the Company develops the technology required to deliver the next generation of combat air capabilities. For example, BAE Systems engineers are now producing 3D printed components for Typhoon, including the Environmental Cooling System which will be used to cool the next generation radar.
 
The order was awarded to BAE Systems by Eurofighter, the consortium which represents the core nations’ industrial partners comprising Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo.
 
Eurofighter Typhoon underpins the UK’s strategically important international relationships and is in operational service with seven nations – Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Austria, Oman and Saudi Arabia – with production orders underway for Kuwait and Qatar.

 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

PM to announce largest military investment in 30 years

The biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War will be announced today by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Security & Policing 2021 registration opens for online event

Visitor and exhibitor registration is now open for the official UK Government global security event Security & Policing 2021, set to take place as an online event between 9th-11th March 2021, offering the opportunity to meet,

UK Space Centre of Excellence in Ayrshire given government boost

A commitment to invest over £80m in a UK Space Centre of Excellence in Ayrshire, was made last week by both UK and Scottish Governments, in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, as part of the signing of the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Adarga awarded Improbable contract to support UK Strategic Command SSE demonstrator

Adarga has been awarded a contract from UK technology company Improbable Defence business, to integrate its technology to support the second year of building a Single Synthetic Environment (SSE) Technology Demonstrator for UK

GKN Aerospace receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

GKN Aerospace today announced that it has received a 2019 Boeing Performance Excellence Award, which Boeing issues annually to recognise suppliers who have achieved superior performance.

Processing data on the frontline

Mark Jeffrey, Technical Director, Recab UK, outlines the key considerations when designing embedded systems for processing data in defence.

Itel SK2710301120
See us at
RAF Museum BT3CDSE BT0210030221Security & Policing 2021 BT