Image, front row from left:
Enzo Casolini, Eurofighter CEO and Jesus Prieto Pinillos, NETMA General Manager.
Back row from left:
Air Marshal Kevin J Leeson, UK MoD, Deputy National Armaments Director; Peter Schmidt, Chairman of the NETMA BoD; Maj Gen Juan Manuel Garcia Montaño, Deputy Director General de Armamento y Material, Ministry of Defence, Spain; Brig. Gen. Alberto Rosso, ItAF, NETMA BoD
The five-year support contract is part of a new contract suite agreed with the nations which includes integrated mechanisms for continuing development work on the aircraft and will replace a number of legacy contracts whilst extending the terms for a longer period. The agreement demonstrates a commitment by all parties in achieving continued efficiencies on the programme; long-term support for the sustainability of aircraft covering all three production tranches and future enhancements and upgrades of the platform.
The new contract will focus on performance and affordability and will ensure a range of support services to the Typhoon users. The contract will also help to sustain European aerospace engineering, capability and jobs.
As part of the contract, Eurofighter’s partner companies: AleniaAermacchi in Italy, BAE Systems in the UK and Cassidian in Germany and Spain will work closely with the local MOD’s and Air Forces to improve the way it delivers a range of support services. This work will provide a strong basis for future support requirements including potential export opportunities.
The contract will help to sustain the thousands of jobs that are supported by the Eurofighter programme across a range of disciplines such as engineering, supply chain and project management and is further confirmation of the role of the Eurofighter programme as catalyst of high-tech aerospace European manufacturing, engineering and technological capabilities. Today, around 100,000 jobs are supported by the programme in the four core nations and the economic impact generated largely off-sets the investments made to develop and manufacture the aircraft.
Enzo Casolini, Eurofighter CEO, said: “This contract is important for the Eurofighter programme but also for the nations and the Air Forces. The contract’s goal is not only to deliver savings to the customer, but also guarantee a better management for the processes involved in the sustainability of the aircraft in-service. This can be considered a massive step in supporting the enhancements programme planned for Eurofighter, which is a fantastic, young platform with plenty of development capability still to be exploited”.
Today Eurofighter is the largest new generation fighter programme in the world with 559 aircraft under production contract, 321 aircraft delivered and in-service with 16 units in six air forces. Based on the number of aircraft in service and the number of customer air forces, this multi-role aircraft can be considered the best coalition fighter available on the market. Eurofighter made its combat debut during Libya operations in 2011 performing in both air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.