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500,000 flying hours for Eurofighter fleet

Photo: Specially marked Royal Air Force Typhoon ZK434 at the Typhoon Maintenance Facility (TMF) at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Eurofighter

 

The EF2000 Typhoon fleet has passed the 500,000 flying hours mark, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH confirmed today.

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.”

Italian Air Force F-2000A Typhoon MM7352 of the 36° Stormo at Gioia del Colle air base. Eurofighter

According to a statement from the company, the Typhoon has “rapidly accumulated hours across the fleet, particularly in recent years, following an increase in the tempo of air policing and combat operations.” The firm added: “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.”

Clemens Linden, CEO of Eurojet Turbo GmbH, which provides the engines for the aircraft, concluded: “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.”

Luftwaffe EF2000 30+73 of Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 73 ‘Steinhoff’ at Laage air base in Germany. Eurofighter

 

Spanish Air Force Typhoon C.16-54 of Ala 11 at Morón air base. Eurofighter

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