HALLBERGMOOS and OTTOBRUNN, Germany --- The second Eurofighter Typhoon destined for Austria has started final assembly today at EADS Military Air Systems at Manching north of Munich.
AS002 (Austrian Single-seat) will be delivered to the Austrian Air Force in 2007 with the contracted capability.
Major component production for the other aircraft for Austria is under way in the four partner companies Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, EADS Germany and EADS CASA.
The first Eurofighter Typhoon for Austria, AS001, has finished the comprehensive electrical tests and is currently receiving further equipment and undergoing hydraulic plus electronic testing.
Rollout of AS001 will be later in 2006.
The Eurofighter consortium is under contract to deliver 18 aircraft, four in 2007, 12 in 2008 and 2 in 2009. These aircraft will be assembled at EADS Military Air Systems in Manching on behalf of the four-nation consortium, and accepted by the Austrian Air Force through the German Air Force quality management organization.
After delivery the fighters will be based at Zeltweg, Styria, and will be equipped with the IRIS-T short range air-to-air missile, which has been ordered by seven nations.
As the Austrian Air Force is dedicated to start operational flying 1 July 2008, training of 70 mechanics, 50 engineers and 28 pilots is to start in autumn this year, at the German Air Force and at EADS Military Air Systems, Eurofighter GmbH amongst other.