The 500th Eurofighter was rolled out today at Leonardo’s Turin Caselle production facility, Italy. MM7348 is the 74th single-seater to be delivered to the Italian Air Force.
Volker Paltzo, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said: “The 500-strong Eurofighter Typhoon fleet represents one of the largest and most capable fighter fleets in the western hemisphere, and will be the backbone of European air power for decades to come. Today’s handover is a great testament to the programme’s success, and I firmly expect to see the fleet grow further as our partner companies continue to pursue opportunities for more orders internationally.”
Filippo Bagnato, Leonardo Aircraft Division Managing Director, said: “We are very proud to deliver the 500th Eurofighter Typhoon produced to the Italian Air Force. The Eurofighter Typhoon is the largest collaborative industrial programme in Europe, it is a successful and significant contributor to the nation’s economic well-being, employing high-skilled workers and generating thousands of high-value manufacturing and engineering jobs. We are now fully committed to completing deliveries to the Italian Air Force, to develop the capabilities of the aircraft, and to the activities envisaged by Kuwait’s contract, while continuing to pursue a number of significant market opportunities around the world.”
To date, 599 Eurofighter Typhoons have been ordered by eight customers.
End of 2003: first Eurofighter delivered to the UK Royal Air Force
September 2006: 100th Eurofighter delivered to the RAF
November 2009: 200th aircraft handed over to the German Luftwaffe
October 2011: 300th aircraft delivered to the Spanish Air Force
December 2013: 400th Eurofighter delivered to the Luftwaffe