Eurofighter hits 500,000 flying hours landmark
Confirming the milestone, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH said half a million flying hours left no doubt that the aircraft was combat proven, incredibly reliable and ready to play a key role in the future battlespace.
Eurofighter Typhoon has rapidly accumulated hours across the fleet, particularly in recent years, after a tempo shift in air policing and combat operations. Currently, there is a fleet of almost 500 aircraft protecting Europe and this number could grow substantially in the coming decades.
Future plans for Eurofighter Typhoon will introduce a new electronically scanned array radar, an enhanced human machine interface and new weapons.
Volker Paltzo, chief executive of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said the landmark milestone underscored the fact that Eurofighter Typhoon is the backbone of NATO’s European air defence.
“Looking to future horizons, it will continue to be developed to defend against all threats for decades to come,” he commented.
“The aircraft will play a key role in the future battlespace, and will be a central pillar in any future European combat air system, developing and integrating key technologies that will feed into that future system.”