Alenia Aermacchi has signed a contract worth EUR 170 million with Eurofighter GmbH for the supply of components, systems and services of Alenia Aermacchi responsibility for the 12 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft ordered by Oman in December 2012.
The contract includes services and other activities to be provided by Alenia Aermacchi also for the initial five-year logistics support package requested by the Royal Air Force of Oman.
Alenia will start producing the components for Oman's Eurofighters in 2014 and the first complete aircraft will be delivered to the Royal Air Force of Oman in 2017, according to an official statement.
Oman's order represents the European Consortium's third export success story, making the Sultanate of Oman the seventh customer of the aircraft.
Alenia Aermacchi has started the first in a major series of flight tests to integrate the MBDA Storm Shadow missile onto Eurofighter Typhoon. Initial flight trials to demonstrate that the missile can be safely carried have been successfully started
Alenia Aermacchi and the Italian Air Force signed the agreement at the Dubai Airshow to support Italian Praetorian fleet. The Praetorian, which is a specialised version of the MC-27J, is expected to support the Italian Special Forces and Comando Operativo Forze Speciali (COFS) in their missions
Eurofighter announced the ground tests with the Storm Shadow and Taurus missiles have been completed, and intensive flight test campaigns will begin imminently. Both missiles will further increase the air-to-ground capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon
The very first Tranche 3 Typhoon, BS116, has successfully completed engine ground runs – the jet which has adds capabilities like e-scan radar, conformal fuel tanks and a high speed data network. The engine ground runs were carried out in 3 distinct phases with the first phase -- Green Screens involving a final check of the airframe for foreign object debris (FOD) using a wire mesh screen attached directly to the front of the engine– you can guess what colour the mesh is
The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has recently conducted an operational naval VL MICA missile firing from the Al Shamikh Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV), a Khareef class constructed by BAE Systems. This live firing took place at the French MoDs test range off the coast of the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean Sea under the supervision and control of the French DGA – EM (Direction Générale de lArmement - Essais de Missiles)
The Royal Navy of Oman takes delivery of its first of the three Khareef class warships built by BAE Systems under the sultanate's Project Khareef. His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi said: “Today we celebrate the arrival of AL SHAMIKH into the waters of the sultanate, the first ship of Project Khareef, which would contribute to the strengthening of military capabilities and capacities of the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) which enjoys the Royal care and attention of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
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