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Eurofighter showcases new capability for the first time in Eastern Europe

09/01/2014 | By Eurofighter

Eurofighter GmbH will showcase a range of new capabilities for the Eurofighter Typhoon at MSPO in Poland this week – including briefings on a world-leading new radar system and software upgrades which give the Eurofighter Typhoon genuine and rapid swing-role capability mid-mission.

The new suite of enhancements were unveiled in Western Europe this summer – but MSPO will be the first time they have been seen in the Baltic Countries. The unveiling of the new capabilities comes at a time when the Eurofighter Typhoon is already playing a major part in current operational deployments in Lithuania in the hands of the Italian Air Force and the UK Royal Air Force with the German Air Force to follow.

Eurofighter Typhoon already provides ‘backbone air power’ for a number of European countries, including Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Austria. Customer aircraft from the four-nation consortium (Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom) provide protection for Europe with Quick Reaction Alert capability and are regularly deployed on operational duties – including Icelandic patrols.

On Monday, delegates, including a test pilot from Eurofighter GmbH, were on hand at MSPO to explain the latest range of capability enhancements that are already singling out the Eurofighter Typhoon as the most advanced new generation swing-role combat aircraft currently available.

Over 414 Eurofighter aircraft have been delivered to a spread of six customers, and this July the aircraft accumulated more that 250,000 flying hours with no uncontained failures.

Alberto Gutierrez, the CEO of Eurofighter GmbH, said: “Eurofighter Typhoon provides Europe with genuine indigenous capability and helps maintain and foster a high level of skills and technology transfer across the community. Through our supply base we collectively employ over 100,000 people and any nation that opts to join the Eurofighter Programme gets the benefit of access to that skillbase, those people - and the chance to join the community.”

He said: “Our hope at MSPO is that we can raise awareness of the value of this European asset and increase understanding around the incredible capabilities it has now - and those that are planned for it in the future. We know how important flexible and robust airpower is for Poland. We are convinced that Eurofighter, as an option for Poland, can offer real benefits to the Polish nation on a number of levels.”

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