Kongsberg Protech has been chosen to supply parts for Eurofighter, the European combat aircraft. The first shipment of parts was recently delivered to British Aerospace´ production facilities in the UK. The contract between Kongsberg Protech and British Aerospace is worth approx. MNOK 6, and is not linked to whether or not Norway chooses to buy Eurofighter.
"There is a great deal of potential in the Eurofighter project. Even though this is not a major contract for Kongsberg Protech, it is important for us", comments President Egil Haugsdal of Kongsberg Protech.
The parts Kongsberg Protech is making for Eurofighter are mechanisms for the nose wheel hatch, and they will be made of titanium and aluminium.
"We are very satisfied with the parts manufactured by Kongsberg Protech, and this contract reinforces out intention to make Kongsberg Gruppen companies our strategic partners in Norway. On a prestigious project like Eurofighter, we are reliant on partners that can deliver components at the agreed time and right price, as well as of the correct quality. Kongsberg Protech has proven its ability to do this", states Ross Bradley, Project Director for Eurofighter and British Aerospace.
Eurofighter is competing against the F16 to become Norway's new fighter aircraft in the 21st century, and the decision will be taken next spring. The world's most advanced multi-role combat aircraft, Eurofighter is made by DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (Germany), British Aerospace (UK), Alenia Aerospazio (Italy) and CASA (Spain).
Serial production has been initiated for the delivery of the first 620 aircraft to the four partner nations in the year 2002. Norway has been offered partnership in the Eurofighter venture, including full transparency and participation in the development and production of the combat aircraft. The Eurofighter partners are conducting a dialogue with more than 150 Norwegian companies regarding the possibility of deliveries in the event Norway chooses Eurofighter.
Kongsberg Protech is part of Kongsberg Gruppen. The company had 190 employees and a turnover of MNOK 180 in 1998.