On behalf of the Eurofighter consortium and the Eurofighter Partner Companies, Eurofighter CEO, Enzo Casolini, said: “We are proud that the Eurofighter not only makes a significant contribution to the security and defence of the Republic of Austria, but also supports the safety precautions for this internationally renowned conference in Switzerland.” All Eurofighter which are in use in Austria, have passed the planned upgrade programme and were equipped with this performance-enhanced hardware and software. Thus the Armed Forces now have the latest capability standard for Tranche 1 aircraft.
In recent years, Eurofighter Typhoon were already in use in numerous large international events. For example, Eurofighter of the Royal Air Force secured the airspace during the Olympic Games in London in summer 2012. For that, these modern combat aircraft were on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) duty seven days a week around the clock. The aircraft also controlled the airspace during the European Football Championship in Austria and Switzerland in 2008.
Since entry into service in 2004, more than 350 Eurofighter have been delivered to six nations: Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. In December 2012, Oman became the seventh customer and ordered a total of twelve aircraft. Currently, Eurofighter is in service at 20 operational units and up to now, the Eurofighter fleet has completed more than 160,000 flying hours worldwide.