in Defence

Eurofighter fleet passes 500,000 flying hours

Posted 14 November 2018 · Add Comment

The Eurofighter fleet is celebrating after passing the 500,000 flying hours mark, as it cements its place at the heart of European air defence.


Courtesy BAE Systems


Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH confirmed the milestone last week, saying that the aircraft is combat proven, incredibly reliable and ready to play a key role in the future battlespace.

Volker Paltzo, CEO of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said: “Passing the 500,000 flying hours milestone underscores the fact that today Eurofighter Typhoon is the backbone of NATO’s European air defence.

“But, looking to future horizons, it will continue to be developed to defend against all threats for decades to come. The aircraft will play a key role in the future battlespace, and will be a central pillar in any future European combat air system, developing and integrating key technologies that will feed in to that future system.”
 
Eurofighter Typhoon has rapidly accumulated hours across the fleet, particularly in recent years, following an increase in the tempo of air policing and combat operations. There is now a fleet of almost 500 aircraft protecting Europe’s borders, with the potential for this number to grow substantially in the coming decades.
 
In the future, Eurofighter Typhoon will get a new electronically scanned array radar, an enhanced human machine interface and new weapons.
 
Eurofighter is the biggest and most successful defence collaboration programme ever undertaken in Europe. It has provided security, industrial and economic cooperation and sustainment on a previously unseen scale. It is the model for future defence and industrial collaboration in Europe.
 
Clemens Linden, CEO of Eurojet Turbo GmbH, who provide the engines for the aircraft, joined the celebrations. He said: “We have clocked up more than a million hours of engine performance for the EJ200 which is a major achievement and through countless deployments, both in Europe and internationally, we have enjoyed incredible engine reliability.
 
“There’s no doubt, that over the first million flying hours, the EJ200 engines have demonstrated they are the best in their class. Looking ahead to the next million, the engine can also be further developed to ensure that Eurofighter Typhoon will maintain its combat edge.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Airbus and Eutelsat deal draws on UK satellite expertise

A new multi-million-pound deal signed today by European businesses Eutelsat and Airbus, will see satellite components and major parts assembled in the UK.

UK doubles F-35 fleet with another 17

The UK is set to double its number of F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

Air BP helps bring fossil-free aviation to Kalmar

Kalmar Öland Airport and Kalmar Municipality, together with airlines SAS and BRA and fuel supplier Air BP, have cooperated to meet a 5% biofuel target on all flights from Kalmar to Stockholm.

Marshall to supply military containers to Dutch Armed Forces

The next generation of containers for the Dutch Armed Forces is to be supplied by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group following the award of a contract worth in excess of £100 million by the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation

Inmarsat first commercial customer for MHI's H3 launch vehicle

Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) to be the first commercial customer to place an order for the new H3 launch vehicle.

Cost of comms upgrade could ground some private jets

New research from London based Colibri Aircraft, which specialises in the marketing, resale and purchase of pre-owned private aircraft, reveals it may be uneconomical to upgrade around 11.3% of Europe’s fleet of private jets (219)

ODU SK191217191218
See us at
Aviation Africa 2019SMINCW1210050218