All Four Eurofighter Partner Air Forces Operate Batch 2 Aircraft
(Source: Eurofighter GmbH; dated April 28, web-posted May 3, 2005)
HALLBERGMOOS, Germany --- With deployment of IS002 from Alenia’s facilities in Torino to 4° Stormo “Amadeo d’Aosta” at Grosseto, Italy, all for partner air forces in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom now operate series production single seaters with Batch 2 standard.

These aircraft have PSP2 Capability (Production System Package) with Initial Defensive Aids Subsystem (DASS), Multifunctional Information and Distribution System (MIDS), Initial Direct Voice Input (DVI) and Sensor Fusion.

Six Batch 2 aircraft have been accepted by the customer air forces so far, totaling the number of now delivered series production aircraft at 41 (including 5 Instrumented Production Aircraft IPA).

Most recently the operation of Eurofighter at extremely low temperatures has been successfully evaluated and proven in Sweden. At Decimomannu, Italy, DA 3, the gun firing clearance aircraft, is completing the final demonstration of the Full Operational Clearance for the operation of this part of the Weapon System.

Flight test of the new Phase 4 Standard Flight Control System Software dedicated for Block 2b has begun. Industry and government test pilots comments are enthusiastic: “The Phase 4 software left a very good impression overall. It was like flying a different, much more spirited and agile aircraft.” Pilots also praise the new software for air-to-air refueling, reducing workload considerably.

Production of Tranche 1 standard aircraft is fully underway with the 100th center fuselage and right wing section already delivered. Production for Tranche 2 aircraft has already begun last year with first frames for the centre fuselage produced.

Aloysius Rauen, CEO Eurofighter GmbH, commented: “Eurofighter Typhoon is the biggest and most successful military aerospace programme in Europe. With 638 aircraft under contract to five nations Eurofighter GmbH holds the largest order book of any next generation fighter aircraft worldwide, making Eurofighter Typhoon the undisputed Number One in the global fighter business.

Eurofighter Typhoon has unquestioned capabilities acknowledged by the customers and international aerospace experts. Its operational potential reaches far into the first decade of this century, offering huge technological and industrial advantages to new potential customers based on a large order book, reducing customer risk. The Eurofighter Typhoon programme is characterized as a fully open partnership with unrivalled technological and industrial return to customers who wish to join the project.”

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