Eurofighter has started work on first Typhoon aircraft meant for Kuwait Air Force.
Following the 2016 signature of the contract to supply 28 Eurofighter Typhoon to the State of Kuwait, Leonardo company and the other Eurofighter partner companies have started the production with several new additions to weapon system, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The aircraft will be integrated with new laser designator pod (Lockheed Matin Sniper), DRS-Cubic ACMI P5 combat training pod, an enhanced navigation aid (VOR) and the E-Scan radar CAPTOR with its antenna repositioner, Giancarlo Mezzanatto, Eurofighter Programme Unit Vice President of the Leonardo Aircraft Division said.
“The capability packages for Kuwait will include the integration of Storm Shadow and Brimstone and other air-to-surface weapons. These features enrich the multi-role characteristics of the aircraft and enhance the weapon system in a role in which the aircraft is excelling since 2011 with the operations over Libya and now Syria and Iraq,” he added.
Following the 2016 signature of the contract to supply 28 Eurofighter Typhoon to the State of Kuwait, Leonardo and the other Eurofighter partner companies have started the production of advanced variant of the fighter jet.
“Production activities started in the second half of 2016 and are currently in line with the baseline plan and, in some cases, ahead of schedule. The wing skins of the first left hand wing at Leonardo and right hand wing at Airbus Defence & Space in Spain have already completed and the assembly phase will start before the end of 2017,” said Giancarlo.
The first rear fuselage section is going to start the “Stage 2” assembly phase at Leonardo in early 2018, while the “Stage 1” assembly phase is already running in BAE Systems for the first five aircraft. The centre fuselage section, produced by Airbus Defence & Space in Germany, will start the assembly in the first half of 2018 having already commenced the “pre-assy” phase according to the plan.
The activities to establish infrastructures in Kuwait to operate the aircraft are also proceeding according to the plans. The detail design has already been completed with the finalization of all data packages. The construction activities started in August this year.
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft meant for the Kuwaiti Air Force (KAF) will be the most advanced produced so far and the first among the fighter jets 8 customers to receive the E-Scan AESA radar. Deliveries of Kuwaits Eurofighter Typhoons will start in 2020 and conclude in 2023, will consist of a package of capabilities on top of the previous enhancement programmes that will include the Leonardo-led E-Scan radar and a number of weapon system upgrades, a Leonardo statement said today
The British and Qatari governments have signed a £6 billion ($8 billion) agreement to supply Qatar with 24 Typhoon aircraft. The British Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, oversaw the signing of the contract, building on the statement of intent signed in September this year, UK ministry of defense said in a statement Sunday
BAE Systems and the Qatari government have concluded a deal for the latter to buy 24 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets with only the contract signing waiting to be done. “I would not like to speculate on the exact date it will be signed
The United Kingdoms Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets conducted eight hour sorties to attack and destroy a weapons cache before conducting a simultaneous strike against four truck bombs. The sorties were conducted on 23 September
BAE Systems is likely to axe more than 1,000 jobs this week following reducing orders for its flagship fighter jet, the Eurofighter Typhoon.
The UK Government has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to aim to finalise discussions for the purchase of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft worth an estimated US$16 billion. The Memorandum was signed during the high profile visit of Saudi Crown Prince Salman to London earlier this week
Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first two Eurofighter Typhoons to be produced in the latest configuration with enhanced air-to-surface capabilities to the Spanish Air Force. The aircraft were manufactured at the Getafe Final Assembly Line in the P1Eb FW (Phase 1 Enhanced Further Work) configuration which marks a key step in the overall Eurofighter evolution plan
The Eurofighter consortium's order book for Typhoon fighter jets has grown to 623 aircraft following the signing of contract with Qatar to supply 24 fighters signed in December. Besides, December brought confirmation that Typhoon jet's production had started for the State of Kuwait while the Sultanate of Oman took its first deliveries of Eurofighter Typhoon at Adam Air Base, Oman
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