BAE Systems handed over the last Typhoon fighter jet to the Royal Air Force (RAF) completing its order to the UK air force.
BAE Systems handed over the jet as work continues on delivering the capabilities required to ensure Typhoon remains the operationally-effective backbone of the UK’s combat air power, a BAE Systems release said yesterday.
The Company's production facility in Warton, Lancashire, is now gearing up to start assembly of Typhoon aircraft for the Qatari Emiri Air Force, with the first jet due to be delivered in 2022.
The latest delivery completes the order to the RAF, which deploys the aircraft on Quick Reaction Alert and on overseas operations. A ceremony was held at BAE Systems' final assembly facility at Warton to mark the latest milestone delivery.
Andy Flynn, Typhoon Capability Director for BAE Systems – Air, said: "This event marks another major milestone in our partnership with the UK. Typhoon was designed to continuously evolve with new investments in radar, communications, data management, weapons and connectivity further strengthening its role in the frontline of securing the skies over the UK.”
"Over this time, it will be the platform which will develop and deploy technologies which will become central on a future combat air system, making it the ideal interoperable partner to fly alongside a Future Combat Air System."
BAE Systems will use the production capacity to fulfill an order of 24 aircraft for the Qatari Emiri air force with the first jet due to be delivered in 2022.