A Eurofighter Typhoon pilot will brief delegates at the Turku Air Show this Saturday (June 6th) and Sunday (June 7th) on the latest developments behind the success story of the world’s most powerful and reliable swing-role fighter.
Eurofighter Typhoon is an option for the Finnish Air Force as it looks to replace its fast-jet fighter fleet with flexible and reliable equipment offering new levels of capability for decades to come.
Former UK RAF Typhoon front line pilot, Paul Smith, now a Capability Manager for Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, will be in Finland as part of a series of initiatives to brief interested parties for the first time on a range of enhancements to the Eurofighter Typhoon which bring new levels of capability to a platform already proven as the backbone of European air power.
Smith, a UK ‘Top Gun’ graduate with more than 3000 hours experience flying some of the most powerful and capable military fast jets in the world, said: “Most people are aware that the Eurofighter Typhoon plays a key role in Quick Reaction Alert duties across Europe. What they are unlikely to be aware of are the full range of capabilities that this aircraft now has. I am in Turku at the Show to explain exactly what these are, and what they could mean for Finland.”
Seven nations have already ordered, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the 431 aircraft delivered so far have accumulated close to 300,000 flying hours with levels of reliability unmatched by any other operator. “It’s this sort of track record, married to further growth potential, that we know really matters,” said Smith.
The aircraft has proven interoperability with other assets, and its kinematic performance with a full load weapon and cutting‑edge sensors, make it a real contender for any nation wanting assured sovereign protection.
Smith said: “This combination of kinematic performance, and unique range of sensors and intelligent weapons allows Eurofighter to detect and outmatch any threats. Another distinguishing feature of the Eurofighter Typhoon is the ability to simultaneously deal with air-to-air and air-to-surface challenges, which would allow it to give great support to land and maritime forces. Our visit here in Turku will help showcase an effective, proven and trusted solution for Finland.”