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issue 2 - 2008 eurofighter review

Eurofighter in Neuburg
First aircraft for
Saudi Arabia flown
Project Foundation
500 EJ200 delivered
p r o g r a m m e n e w s a n d f e a t u r e s
Eurofighters Air-to-Ground Weapons
Heavy Punch
Since 1 July 2008 Eurofighter Typhoons operating out of Zeltweg Air Base in Styria
protect Austrias air space from unwanted intruders
Eurofighter Typhoon of IX Stormo leaving the air base in Gioia del Colle after a deployment to the second
Eurofighter base of the Italian Air Force
As far as achieving programme landmarks
is concerned, Tranche 2 Type Acceptance
and first deliveries of the next standard of
Eurofighter Typhoon weapon systems were
two of the top priorities for 2008. On 12 Sep-
tember, the negotiations were concluded
and Type Acceptance was formally agreed
with NETMA. Fast forward a few weeks and,
with the arrival of the first two jets at RAF
Coningsby on 21 October, deliveries of what
will amount to 323 units commence.
The two weapon systems to have landed
at the Royal Air Forces Main Operating Base
for Typhoon are the first of several Tranche
2 Eurofighter Typhoons that are to be hand-
ed over before the end of the year.
Attending a welcoming reception at RAF
Coningsby was Defence Equipment and Sup-
port Minister, Quentin Davies, who labelled
the aircraft as the cornerstone of the UKs
air defence capabilities, while the Royal Air
Force themselves commented that the weapon
system was delivered on time and to cost.
The Tranche 2 production run also has an
impact on the consortiums second export
customer. Under the terms of the Project
Salam contract for the supply of Eurofighter
Typhoon jets to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
the first aircraft is due in-country by mid-
The Tranche 2 weapon systems will host
a suite of new computers offering more pro-
cessing power (speed and memory capacity),
which will be the enabler for future capabil-
ity insertion. The Phase One Enhancements
(P1E) programme, agreed in March 2007,
will be the first such capability growth pack-
age that all Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoons
will receive. P1E covers: new software; an
enhanced multi-role Man-Machine Interface
(MMI); full Laser Designator Pod (LDP) in-
tegration; enhancements to the MIDS, GPS,
DASS and communications systems; and the
integration of the advanced Paveway IV and
EGBU-16 air-to-surface weapons.
The delivery programme for Tranche 2 is
scheduled to run until 2012.
Dear Friends of Eurofighter Typhoon,
The last year has seen a lot of Eurofighter
highlights. And as the character of the pro-
gramme keeps changing, the customer air forces
deliver the news while they take more and more
aircraft into operation. Eurofighter Typhoon
is safeguarding the air space in five nations
since last Summer. After Italy and the United
Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Spain have
followed placing aircraft in high readiness for
Quick Reaction Alert duties. The Royal Air
Force even has declared the system Multi-Role
capable and deployable after a very successful
detachment to the United States.
The contacts between the ten Eurofighter
units are increasing, and the aircraft is part
of more international air exercises, one of the
recent examples being Anatolian Eagle with
Italian aircraft flying in Turkey.
In Summer the total fleet of air forces and
test aircraft operated by industry had surpassed
the 50,000 flying hour mark. Now the air
forces fleet alone has accumulated the same
number of flying hours.
Our flight test centres keep being busy at
the same time with flight evaluation for
Phase 1 Enhancement fully underway and in-
flight refueling tests in Italy with the C-130
and in Germany with the Airbus MRTT con-
Earlier this year the industrial consortium
in close dialogue with NETMA has initiated
Project Foundation for new processes in devel-
opment to adapt efficiently to upcoming op-
erational requirements. And results are on the
desk, to the benefit of the programme.
So 2008 was good for Eurofighter thanks to
the efforts of thousands involved in the na-
tions, dedicated to deliver quality to the customer.
Thanks to all of you and all the best for the
new year 2009.
Enjoy the issue.
Aloysius Rauen
Chief Executive Officer, Eurofighter GmbH
Aloysius Rauen
CEO Eurofighter GmbH
Tranche 2: Accepted. Delivered.
Delivery continuity assured
03 Editorial
Welcome note from Aloysius Rauen, Chief Executive Officer
04 News
Austrias National Day with Eurofighter +++ Typhoon on wheels +++
Remember, remember +++ Italian Eurofighters visit Germany +++ Typhoon defence
06 Eurofighter in Neuburg
Eurofighter Press Tour 2008
08 National Partner and Leader
EADS Military Air Systems Role in Eurofighter
09 Radar and Avionics Partner
EADS Defence Electronics contributes to Eurofighter
11 Soon to be six
First aircraft for Saudi Arabia flies in Warton
12 More Capabilities!
Flight Test Achievements
14 Project Foundation
Changing the way we undertake Development Business
15 Managing the Programme
Presenting the New COO
16 Global exhibit
Eurofighter Typhoon at home and abroad
18 Heavy Punch
Eurofighters Air-to-Ground Weapons
21 Eurofighter Typhoon over Switzerland
22 Eurojet
further on the route to success
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Cover picture shows two No 3 (F)
Squadron Typhoons over the
Nevada desert on Exercise Green
Photography: Geoffrey Lee
Minister Quentin
Davies welcomed the
new aircraft as the
cornerstone of the
UKs air defence
Press Tour 2008:
Eurofighter in
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Sensational 700,000 visitors took the oppor-
tunity to see what their Armed Forces con-
tribute to the Nations security and safety on
26 October in Vienna. The day remembers
the Neutrality Act was passed by the Austri-
an parliament after the occupation troops
had withdrawn on 26 October 1955.
A Eurofighter Full Scale Replica attracted
enormous crowds. People queued for more
than 90 minutes to sit in the cockpit for sec-
onds. Major Michale Kirchner and Vizeleut-
nant Markus Fuetsch of the Surveillance
Wing stationed in Zeltweg, Styria, briefed the
crowds on the aircrafts capabilities. Both
fly Eurofighter Typhoon since early 2008. And
Vizeleutnant Peter Seewald of the Eurofighter
Technik Fliegerwerft 2, also based at Zeltweg,
never got tired to answer the question of in-
terested visitors on the engine EJ200.
More and more exchange visits between the
international Eurofighter units are getting to
be daily business. In August two aircraft
from 4 Stormo, based in Grosseto, Toscany, flew
into Rostock/Laage, home of German Fighter
Wing 73 Steinhoff. Major Ivan Laudizi and
Captain Andrea Braga staid for two days to
fly together and to exchange first hand expe-
rience and information.
4 Stormo, commanded by Colonel Achille
Cazzaniga, has an air defence task since
2005 and also trains future Eurofighter pilots
of the Italian Air Force.
It was announced in October that the Royal
Air Force is to deploy six Eurofighter Typhoon
aircraft from RAF Coningsby to Keflavik Air
Base for a couple of weeks as part of an al-
lied rotation of fighter units.
The United Kingdoms Typhoon
Force is currently declared to
NATO and will undertake the
deployment in support
is the EJ200 engine, normally used to power
Eurofighter Typhoon. Lord Draysons previ-
ous involvement with the British Ministry of
Defence was influential in the project team
loaning the jet engine which, although beyond
combat use and retired from the flight devel-
opment programme, still has enough life for
an attempt on the world land speed record.
The Bloodhound SSC vehicle is scheduled
to be completed in 2009 with 1,000mph at-
tempt planned for 2011.
The stated intention of United Kingdom Sci-
ence Minister, Lord Drayson, was to create
enough of a buzz around a technology-based
world record that it would inspire school-
children into following a science-based career
and forming the future generation of British
The Bloodhound SSC project certainly
managed to achieve the first part as news of
the supersonic car and its ambitions to break
1,000mph flashed around the world. A key
element in the design of the Bloodhound SSC
EJ200-powered supercar
Typhoon on wheels
Austrias National Day with Eurofighter
Italian Eurofighters visit Germany
RAF to bolster Icelandic QRA
Typhoon defence
of the organisations agreement to meet Ice-
lands peacetime need for Quick Reaction
Alert (QRA) cover. The mission will be for a
limited period during December.
The deployment follows similar operations
carried out by the U.S. Air Force and their
French counterparts, both of whom intercepted
a number of Russian Tupolov Tu-160
Blackjack bombers.
in London, the Chief of Staff Royal Air Force,
Air Chief Marshall Sir Glenn Torpy, present-
ed a memento to the Spanish Air Attach in
the United Kingdom, Lieutenant Colonel Al-
fonso Romero.
The International Aerospace Summer
School will be on in 2009 again with teams
from eleven nations.
This summer a team from Leonardo Da Vinci
High School in Madrid, Spain, had won the
Eurofighter Typhoon Trophy at the 2008 In-
ternational Aerospace Summer School.
When the winners of the 2008 UK School
Aerospace Challenge were announced at the
Institution of Mechanical Engineers recently
Remember, remember
Lt Col Alfonso
Romero and Air
Chief Marshall
Sir Glenn Torpy
Hoeveler, Vice
of Eurofighter
GmbH (left), at
the Institution
of Mechanical
Queueing for a glance into
the cockpit of the Worlds
Most Advanced Multi-Role
Fighter Aircraft
The fastest
car of the
world to be
powered by
Flew in from Grosseto:
Major Laudizi (left) and
Captain Braga
German Air Force plans to keep two addition-
al wings in operation with Panavia Tornado,
for reconnaissance and electronic combat.
With increasing numbers of aircraft in op-
eration the Air Force plans to expand their
tactical training. The pilots of JG74 are already
increasingly using the Link 16 capabilities
of the MIDS (Multifunction Information and
Distribution System). And intensified weapon
training is also on the agenda for 2009. De-
ployments to Decimomannu, Sardinia, and
to the UK are planned.
Training at Rostock/Laage now includes
the first German pilots fresh from the
training in the US. They started in August
2008. Also pilots of the Austrian Armed Forces
receive their Eurofighter training at JG73,
and this will also include pilots, who are re-
ceiving their basic jet training in Canada.
The ASTA simulators play an important
role in the training process and allow a rela-
tively low number of flying hours before a pilot
goes solo on Eurofighter Typhoon. The Ger-
man Air Force plans to link their simulators,
so pilots can train over distance with their
colleagues in other wings.
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Every year the Eurofighter Partner
Companies undertake a Press Tour to
highlight the Eurofighter activities
in one of the Partner Air Forces.
In October 2008 more than 50
journalists travelled to Neuburg to
gather first hand information on the
German Air Force plans with Eurofighter
At Fighter Wing 74 in Neuburg North of Mu-
nich Wing Commander Lieutenant Colonel
Andreas Pfeiffer welcomed the group. The
wing is operational with Eurofighter Typhoon
since early this year. Crews of JG 74 protect
Southern Germanys air space first together
with the F-4F Phantom II. After phasing out
of the Phantom at Neuburg end of May, Eu-
rofighter Typhoon is now in charge since
3 June 2008.
Ten aircraft served with the wing early
Autumn, thus guaranteeing the QRA duties
(Quick Reaction Alert). This calls for two
armed aircraft plus 2 reserve in 15 minute
readiness. The weapons are currently IRIS-T
and the Mauser 27mm cannon. An external
Scramble! Fighter Wing 74 has two jets in constant Quick Reaction Alert readiness
fuel tank is carried on the centre fuselage
station to increase time on station.
The wing had received the first aircraft in
July 2006 and has already acquired more
than 2000 flying hours with the type. It is a
much more stable platform than we expect-
ed, said LtCol Pfeiffer in Neuburg. The wing
achieves a availability rate better than 50 %.
And thus is able to meet all the operational
requirements for air policing. The whole fleet
of the German Air Force has surpassed the
10,000 flying hours mark late in autumn
this year.
Germany had agreed to divert
five Eurofighter Typhoon from
the production line to Austria.
These aircraft are now badly missed by
the two wings, JG73 Steinhoff and JG74.
With deliveries of Tranche 2 underway this
situation will change soon and the wings in
Rostock/Laage and Neuburg will benefit
from this. The wings final strength shall be
35 aircraft each, when all Tranche 1 aircraft
had gone through the R2 retrofit for the Full
Operational Capability of Block5 standard.
Also six aircraft already in operation with
the German Air Force will be replaced by
additional Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoons.
So in total the German Air Force will only
take delivery of 32 Tranche 1 aircraft, but will
receive 11 additional Tranche 2 aircraft.
Colonel Joachim Vergin, Chief of the Op-
erations Branch in the German Air Force
Command in Cologne, elaborated on his air
forces plans with Eurofighter Typhoon.
With Fighter Wing 73 in Rostock/Laage fo-
cussing on training, JG74 is the first of four
wings that will operate Eurofighter Typhoon.
Preparations are already under way to accept
first aircraft in Fighter Bomber Wing 31 Boel-
cke in Nrvenich near Cologne end of next
year. This wing will operate the aircraft in
multirole missions, with Eurofighter Typhoon
replacing Panavia Tornados. Two years later
the Richthofen Fighter Wing 71 in Wittmund
will receive Eurofighter Typhoon and operate
the system in the air defence role. This will
also terminate operations with the F-4F Phan-
tom in the German Air Force. 2013 Fighter
Bomber Wing 33 in Bchel near Cochem/Mosel
will be the fifth Eurofighter Typhoon wing
of the German Air Force. This wing will also
operate the aircraft in multi-role tasks. The
This years press tour attracted more than
55 journalists from eleven nations
Eurofighter Typhoon operated alongside the F-4F
Phantom II until June 2008
Neuburgs most prominent
Eurofighter pilot, Commanding
Officer Lieutenant Colonel Andreas
Eurofighter maintenance
crews look after their new
jets in a modern
environment constructed
to the purpose
Eurofighter Press Tour 2008
Eurofighter in
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The German Air Forces national industrial
Eurofighter partner is EADS Military Air
Systems (MAS), a business unit of EADS
Defence & Security. The Division integrates
most of the defence activities in the worlds
second largest aerospace company, EADS.
It has two other business units: Defence and
Communication Systems mainly based in
France and Defence Electronics headquar-
tered in Ulm. And it is taking the German
share in Europes top missile maker, MBDA.
In 2007 the Division generated a turnover of
5.5 billion Euro, the share of Military Air
Systems being 2.1 billion Euro. EADS Mili-
tary Air Systems is a fully integrated inter-
national unit with a workforce of approx.
7,900, including approx. 1360 employees in
Getafe, Spain. The business portfolio of EADS
MAS is based on three pillars: Combat Air
Systems, mainly Eurofighter Typhoon, Mis-
sion Air Systems and Services. The
Aerostructures business based in Augsburg
at the former Messerschmitt facility has
been transformed into Premium Aerotec
GmbH, a unit that also includes former EADS
sites Nordenham and Varel since 1 Septem-
ber 2008.
Germany like the United Kingdom has a
33 per cent share in the Eurofighter devel-
opment. Consequently the work share in de-
velopment for the German side of EADS MAS
is focussing on vital systems of the aircraft.
EADS MAS therefore holds the System Design
Responsibility for Eurofighter Typhoons
Flight Control System (FCS). Military Air Sys-
tems has already been responsible for the
FCS of the Panavia Tornado, and is a world
leader in this technology area with expertise
acquired with the German VTOL programmes
VJ-101, VAK-191 and Dornier 31. The German
engineers also developed the Flight Control
System of the only X aircraft the United
States ever undertook in international coop-
eration, the X-31. This unique test aircraft
demonstrated the advantages of extreme
agility in post-stall maneuvers.
Besides leading the FCS team and based on
the agreed System Design Responsibilities
engineers of MAS also developed the Attack/
Identification Subsystem, had responsibility
for minimizing Eurofighters Radar Cross
Section, for the hydraulics, the landing gear,
for integrating the gun and performing a
Major Airframe Fatigue Test. Also the Design
Responsibility for the centre fuselage sec-
tion is with the German side of Military Air
EADS Military Air Systems Role in Eurofighter
National Partner and Leader
Final assembly all aircraft for the German Air Force and for
Austria come from Manching
The production work share of Germany is 30
per cent and that equals the production of all
centre fuselages sections for all Euro-fighters
under contract, currently 707. They are built in
Augsburg and Lemwerder with equipping per-
formed in Manching. And all 180 aircraft for the
German Air Force are assembled at their Manch-
ing site.
Also based in Manching is the Aircrew Syn-
thetic Training Aids (ASTA) programme man-
agement of Eurofighter GmbH. The full mission
simulators and cockpit trainers for all nations
are produced there. And Manching will be the
major site of Military Air Systems including the
headquarters, after all departments from Otto-
brunn will have transferred to the air base near
Ingolstadt in the North of Munich by end of 2008.
In Eurofighter export the EADS unit had
succeeded in acquiring the first international
for Eurofighter Typhoon outside the four nation
partnership with Austria signing up in 2003.
Consequently the final assembly for the Austri-
an aircraft takes place in Manching. Nine air-
craft have so far been assembled and handed
over to Eurofighter GmbH for delivery to Austria.
And of course the German unit benefits from
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabias order by building
the centre fuselages and contributing to Inte-
grated Logistic Support.
Based on the Eurofighter export philosophy,
the German Partner Company is responsible
for three major export campaigns: India, Switzer-
land and Greece. The pre-campaigns in Bulgar-
ia and Croatia also are led by EADS MAS.
All centre fuselage sections are being equipped in Manching
The centre fuselage section is the heart of the
aircraft requiring kilometers of cable
Manching is also home of the Messerschmitt Flying Museum, the media obviously liked it
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EADS is a major industrial player in the
Eurofighter Typhoon programme. But
besides Military Air Systems, the National
Prime, the Defence Electronic business
unit of EADS Defence & Security also plays
a key role in development and production
of key components for the system since
the beginning of the programme.
Defence Electronics is a unit with sites in
Germany, France, Belgium, the UK and the
USA. The unit has roughly 4,000 employees
and an annual turnover of approx. 1 bn
Euro. It is headquartered in Ulm and struc-
tured in four business lines: Electronic War-
fare & Mobile Systems, Sensors & Product
Support, Military Mission Avionics and Test &
For Eurofighter Typhoon the unit devel-
oped and produces subsystems of the Cap-
tor radar and the Defensive Aids Subsystem
Praetorian. In respect to mission avionics
Defence Electronics is responsible for the
Digital Map Generator, the Armament Control
System, the Maintenance Data panel, IFF
Transponder Interrogator, and several other
items. Defence Electronics is partnered in
two consortia, Euroradar and EuroDASS.
Together with Galileo Avionics in Italy,
Indra in Spain and Selex Sensors and Air-
borne Systems in the UK, the unit is produc-
ing the CAPTOR radar, the primary sensor of
Eurofighter with more than State-of-the-Art
capability. The EADS Defence Electronics team
is responsible for the Waveguide unit, and
shares responsibility with Indra in the Anten-
na/Scanner, the Processor and the Receiver
with Selex.
With all radar sets for Tranche 1 delivered,
production of 236 radars for Tranche 2 plus
15 originally contracted for Austria and 72 for
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabias aircraft. The
CAPTOR I-Band pulse Doppler/monopulse
radar uses pulse compression and has a
EADS Defence Electronics contributes to Eurofighter
Radar and Avionics
Night and all weather operation require complex and stable
avionics and sensors with substantial Defence Electronics
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The Government-to-Government Understand-
ing Document between the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia and the United Kingdom regarding
the modernisation of the Saudi Armed Forces
has, since its December 2005 signature,
generated an enormous amount of interest
and publicity. The agreement to export 72
Eurofighter Typhoon weapon systems to the
Middle Eastern nation represented a power
shift in the fighter aircraft market, installing
Eurofighter Typhoon as the market leader
and confirming the type as the only credible
alternative to U.S. products.
With the first aircraft for Saudi Arabia
due for delivery in 2009, the clock has been
ticking. On 20 October, tangible evidence of
the behind-the-scenes effort was on display
as Eurofighter Typhoon ZK060, completed
First aircraft for Saudi Arabia flies in Warton
Soon to be six
with two-tone grey Saudi livery, powered
over the runway at BAE Systems Warton
base and lifted off for its maiden flight.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are, after
Austria, the second export customer for
Eurofighter Typhoon, with this milestone
flight marking the start of an initial flight
test programme for the Saudi aircraft
ahead of deliveries next year.
BAE Systems is the prime contractor for
all Eurofighter Typhoon-related issues in
the Kingdom. The contractual documentation
covering the Eurofighter consortiums involve-
ment in the supply of aircraft was signed
in December 2007. Directly linked to the
Saudi acquisition is the progress being
made on agreeing a partnered support ap-
proach, with the British Eurofighter Partner
Company offering significant levels of oppor-
tunity for Saudi industry, specifically through
the development of an engineering and
manufacturing footprint and a Centre for
Arab Excellence.
Phillip Lee
Eurofighter Typhoon in
the livery of the
Kingdoms Air Force,
taxiing to take-off
tremendous target detection and tracking
range. Its software is fully programmable and
operation is automated. High reliability has
been demonstrated in service.
Defence Electronics has acquired experi-
ence in airborne, ground based and space
based active array antennas. With an own
production facility for T/R (Transmit/Receive)
modules based in Ulm, the unit has a capacity
to produce 100,000 modules per year. These
modules are the key component also for the
CAPTOR Active Electronic Scanning Antenna
Radar (CAESAR), the industrial consortium is
looking into since some years. The high-
light of the AESA activities clearly were the
flights of the CAESAR demonstrator (= Cap-
tor AESA Radar) on Development Aircraft DA5
in Manching, Germany, last year. Four flights
were being conducted with very promising
results, the first on 8 May.
EuroRadar is convinced that this new
technology would further improve the oper-
ational capabilities of the radar, but even
more so increase reliability by benefiting from
high Mean-time between Failure rates through
not moving parts and low voltage. This
would finally lead to reduced life cycle costs
and higher mission availability. The project
is in prototype stadium and if customers are
ready to sign up for this technology, the radar
consortium could have the new radar ready
complying with the Eurofighter schedule.
The Active Electronic Scanning Antenna
already flew on Eurofighter Typhoon in
2007 with very promising results
The CAPTOR Radar is
the main sensor for
Eurofighter Typhoon.
Defence Electronics
builds the waveguide
unit and contributes
to the antenna/scanner,
the receiver and the
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Flight Test Achievements
More Capabilities!
In the same week that the first Tranche 2 air-
craft to be delivered to a customer Air Force
touched down at RAF Coningsby, the flight test
programme for the enhancing capabilities
that will be inserted onto the same aircraft in
2011 got underway.
On the morning of 24 October, Instrument-
ed Production Aircraft Two (IPA2) lifted off
from Alenia Aeronauticas Caselle plant near
Turin carrying the advanced Paveway IV
air-to-surface weapon. The first phase aero-
mechanical integration tests with the new
500lb precision-guided store focussed on flut-
ter and vibration investigations and were
run by Alenia.
The programme will then be expanded
across the consortium as P1E weapons trials
with IPA1 at BAE Systems (in the United
Kingdom) and IPA4 at EADS CASA (in Spain)
get underway. This flight test phase will also
include the 1000lb dual mode precision-guided
EGBU-16 bomb.
The data recorded in these initial trials will
all the air vehicle aspects of the P1E capa-
bility development to be progressed, to a point
at which IPA7 of EADS Germany will join
the air vehicle trials next year to prove han-
dling qualities and carefree handling with
the Paveway IV weapon.
Elsewhere across the test and evaluation
programme, IPA2 and IPA4 have been em-
ployed in the further development of the Di-
rect Voice Input (DVI) system. Service pilots
from across the nations have all been involved
as the development teams set about com-
pleting the templates in the voice recognition
software. To a degree, the work carried out
up to now has been successful, but further
development on the DVI system is required
with the recognition-based results offering
variations across each national pilot. IPA2s
work, in particular, completed a phase of
testing combining the HEA helmet and DVI
with the mask.
Another first was achieved in October with
the successful in-flight refuelling with an
Airbus A310 Multi Role Tanker Transport, op-
erated by the German Air Force, as a com-
bined effort of WTD 61, the Official Flight Test
Center of the German Defence Procurement
Agency (BWB), the German Air Force and
Military Air Systems (MAS) of EADS Defence
& Security in Manching. IPA3 and IPA7
were employed for this task with flights last-
ing up to five hours. NETMA has been ex-
tremely keen to have Eurofighter Typhoon
cleared for air-to-air refuelling on all exist-
ing Tanker platforms to ensure full interop-
erability during all allied operations any-
where in the world. Certification for the A310
Tanker is expected by the end of the year
with a total of nine flights planned to
achieve this.
And tankers again, in-flight refuelling tests
of a twin-seat Eurofighter Typhoon with a
KC-130J Hercules of the Italian Air Force in
the tanker version have been successfully
completed in Decimomannu, Sardinia, early
November. The aircraft, Italian IPA2, has ac-
complished flight tests through 5 missions
(including three in one day only), of which
one in a clean configuration, the others with
a configuration with three external fuel tanks,
two under the wings and one on the centre
station under the fuselage. During these
tests, including a night one, the Eurofighter
Typhoon made eight wet contacts with
the tanker, i.e. with actual fuel transfer by the
C-130J. The Italian Air Force has started two
years ago to convert up to eight C-130Js into
a tanker configuration.
Various software packages have been see-
ing some flight time over the Summer and
Autumn months. IPA2, IPA3 and IPA4 have
all completed their contributions on the so-
called Service Release Package SRP4.3, which
is the final software release for the Block
8b standard covering multi-ship campaigns.
Also, the 5.1 software, also known as the
Final Operational Capability software, has
made its first flights on the IPAs, and it will
form the basis for all Tranche 2 standard
and beyond aircraft.
Finally, on 15 August, IPA3 was handed
over to the German Procurement Agency
(Bundesamt fr Wehrtechnik und Beschaf-
fung, BWB), a branch of the Ministry of De-
fence. Although the aircraft may return to
the flight test programme in future, it remains,
for now, under national German control.
Phillip Lee
Flight tests for Phase 1 Enhancement started with
Paveway IV trials in Italy
In a combined effort between German Air Force, Operational
Test Centre WTD 61 and EADS in-flight refuelling trials started
with German Air Force Airbus A310 MRTT
IPA7 taking fuel from the A310 MRTT, the first
tanker aircraft in service with the German Air
Italian Air Force KC-130J Tanker refuelling
Eurofighter Typhoon. The trials were concluded
within one week
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With the Main Development Work concluded,
industry reshapes future development processes
to better meet the requirements of the Air Forces
The Eurofighter programme is at a critical
point in its lifecycle. As the Main Develop-
ment Contract comes to an end and the oper-
ational fleets become larger and more mature,
the industrial consortium behind euro fight-
er Typhoon must have in place different
arrangements to support the ongoing devel-
opment of capabilities, in line with what the
Customer community needs, and can afford,
through the life of the fleet. There is a recog-
nition across all parties that this can not be
achieved through more of the same. The
facilities, processes and practises appropriate
for the initial development of the aircraft
cannot be sustained by the budgets available
for through life support, while the develop-
ment timescales which may have been accept-
able in the past are not acceptable to meet
the needs of the partner Air Forces. The con-
sortium has been charged with finding ways
to do more, more quickly, and using less re-
source than was the case in the past. Industry
and the Customer are both convinced that
improvement is now urgent. Introducing
Project Foundation.
Project Foundation is a change programme
addressing improvements to the way the
industrial consortium undertakes development
activity. The focus is primarily, but not ex-
clusively, on major weapon system capability
improvements, for example new weapons,
sensor and communications enhancements
etc. The project team will seek to streamline
all aspects of the capability improvement
process, including how development is con-
tracted and managed, the processes, atti-
tudes and strategy therein, and ensuring
that the development itself carries the nec-
essary preparations for fleet-wide embodi-
ment / deployment and supportability.
The project was launched through a con-
sortium definition phase in Spring this
year, which presented recommendations to
the euro fighter Supervisory Board in June.
Those recommendations were endorsed by
the Supervisory Board and Foundation was
set up as an Implementation Programme to
run into Spring 2009. The recommendations
were also shared with NETMA who, in July,
were authorised to work alongside Industry
on the initiative. This level of strong sup-
port underlines the recognition at these levels
that we have to deliver improvements from
The Project primarily involves Industry
personnel in the euro fighter Partner Com-
panies and in euro fighter GmbH. In partic-
ular, there is a core team established in eu-
ro fighter GmbH and they work with per-
sonnel from across the consortium and the
Joint Teams through a series of task teams
addressing particular aspects of the project
work. In addition, NETMA have nominated a
team of people to work alongside Industry
on the project and, increasingly, input and
support will also be needed from the Na-
tions. Some key suppliers will also need to
become involved.
The Eurofighter Board of Management con-
sists of the Chief Executive Officer and
three Chief Operating Officers. One of them
is the COO Programmes overseeing the
Management of the existing contracts. Since
1 September 2008 this position is held by
Trevor King. A good reason to present him
to a wider Eurofighter community.
Trevor joined BAE Systems in 1976 as an
under-graduate apprentice taking Aeronau-
tical Engineering at Loughborough Univer-
sity. After graduating, he worked in Future
Projects involved with Advanced Short Take
Off Combat Aircraft to replace the Harrier
and Jaguar. In 1987 he moved in the Com-
mercial Directorate working on prepara-
tions and pricing for Al Yamamah 2, then in
early 1991, he was re-assigned as Head of
Strategy and Planning responsible for Mili-
tary Aircraft Limited's Business Plan and
the merger team creating the Dynam-
ics/Matra Joint Venture.
In 1991, Trevor transferred to Farnbor-
ough to establish the Defence Company
Headquarters formulating overall Defence
Business Strategy & Planning, in particular
working on the planned future divestment
of Royal Ordnance. He came back to the Mil-
itary Aircraft Division in 1993 as Head of
Project Harrier II (UK) working with Mc-
Donnell Douglas (USA) delivering the new
build Harrier T10, the establishment of 20R
OCU Squadron at RAF Wittering and the
update of Harrier GR7.
In 1995, Trevor was appointed Opera-
tions Director, Eurofighter Integrated Logis-
tics Support where he was responsible for
co-ordinating, securing and negotiating the
Procurement contracts with the Nations to
secure eleven Support contracts valued at
over 1.5B over 10 years. In 2000 as In Ser-
vice Support Director he led the UK team to
deliver the full range of support to the RAF,
culminating in 2003 with the success-
ful Typhoon entry into service with the Roy-
al Air Force under "Case White".
In early 2004, he was appointed to the
position of Programme Director
for Typhoon, with responsibility within BAE
Systems for completing the development of
Eurofighter, the BAE Systems share in
building 148 Tranche 1 production aircraft
(55 UK delivered between 2004 and 2007),
the BAE Systems contribution to develop-
ment and build of the 236 new Tranche 2
and 15 Austrian exports. In 2007, the role
extended to secure and launch the next
phase of Typhoon development (First Batch
Enhancements) and build of 72 aircraft for
Saudi Arabia. In 2007 sales were 900M
and workforce 2000. In August 2008 Trevor
joined Eurofighter GmbH in the post of
Chief Operating Officer Programmes.
Trevor is married with a son and a
daughter. In his spare time he plays golf,
enjoys bird watching and listening to music.
What is in your pri-
mary focus with the
new assignment?
The main responsibili-
ties in my current post
are to manage the
contracted business
spanning the full life
cycle development,
production and in ser-
vice for the Eurofighter consortium. To man-
age the four subcontractors; Alenia, BAESys-
tems, EADS D, EADS C deliver these obliga-
tions. To lead the interface for this business
with our customers NETMA, the Republic of
Austria and the BAESystems Prime Contract
Office for Salam.
Further I lead the responsibility at EF GmbH
for Project Management and plan, continu-
ing the existing good work and further en-
hance our capabilities in this key area.
A major prerequisite to achieve I see the need
to evolve the working environment where all
our colleagues can contribute the most and at
the same time can live to their own expecta-
So are you looking to achieve over the next
few years?
Top of my agenda is to further enhance our
relations to the customer. The aim of the
whole consortium is to deliver to the expecta-
tion of the customer and at the same time sat-
isfy the demands of our shareholders.
As our recurring business is peaking with
production for Tranche 2 fully underway,
maintaining the momentum of deliveries to
the customer including the first aircraft to the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are a primary ob-
jective. Clearly an area of focus is contribut-
ing to our mutual efforts that ensure cus-
tomer can make best use of the weapon sys-
tem in service.
Looking further into the future, the consor-
tium will offer enhancements to the weapon
system. A key objective is to maintain weapon
system capability, supporting the Chief Oper-
ating Officer Capabilities and the Chief Fi-
nancial and Commercial Officer in this effort.
And last but not least, it is in all of our inter-
est to strengthen our position in the export
market, so supporting the sales activities of
the consortium inside Eurofighter GmbH and
with the Partner Companies is certainly a ma-
jor motivation.
Changing the way we undertake Development Business
Project Foundation
At this stage, the scope of the work is fo-
cusing on the following areas:
Front End development processes includ-
ing Requirement Capture / Definition /
Initial Design, with supporting Maturity
Measurement / Management, Trade-off
and Review processes;
Back End processes including System Test,
problem investigation / fixing, Certification
and Qualification;
Product Strategy / Product Architecture
(primarily Avionics);
Contracting and Management of
More effective ILS interlinkage (end to
end process). The work is specifically
developing through application, as rele-
vant, onto the P1E and Next Batch of
Enhancements (NBE P2E et al) pro-
In Industry, the project is overseen day-to-
day by a core team in euro fighter GmbH
supported by a Steering Committee drawn
from euro fighter Partner Company and
euro fighter management. The project re-
ports to the euro fighter GmbH Board of
Management and to the euro fighter Super-
visory Board, who ensure appropriate gov-
ernance is observed and provide authority
for the Projects work. The Steering Commit-
tee provide the first level of support to deci-
sions affecting the project. Specific decisions
to implement changes arising from Founda-
tion work will be authorised by the appro-
priate bodies within the euro fighter Pro-
gramme. The project is due for completion
in late Spring 2009.
Phillip Lee
Presenting the New COO
the Programme
Trevor King
Trevor King (right) was
BAE Systems
Eurofighter Typhoon
Programme Manager
since 2004
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equally, to feed the interests of the taxpaying
public visitors so that they also exit the
show with rose-tinted Eurofighter Typhoon
Future business, however, depends on tai-
lored messages being transmitted to the
right people. Competition for place and atten-
Exhibitions are a platform to simultaneously
communicate many messages to all target
groups. During home events such as ILA
Berlin and Farnborough International, the
agenda is not only to demonstrate programme
benefits to the key parliamentarians and
military officials of the core customer, but,
Eurofighter Typhoon at home and abroad
Global exhibit
An event still in its infancy having only been
inaugurated in 2007, this years BSDA was
the stage for campaign-leading EPC (Eurofight-
er Partner Company) Alenia Aeronautica to
address the influential players in Romanian
defence decision-making. The three-day ex-
hibition carried enough weight to attract Ro-
manias Deputy Minister of Defence, the na-
tions Head of Procurement and the militarys
Chief of Air Staff, all of whom took an inter-
est in Eurofighter Typhoon. Supporting Alenia
through the provision of an aircraft for the
static park was the Italian Air Force. The ac-
companying air- and groundcrew also
briefed a procession of Romanian military
visitors keen on acquainting themselves
with the aircraft.
The campaign team, led by Alenias
Giuseppe Paoletti, Campaign Director, and
supported by Eurofighters Vice President
Business Development, Peter Meier, also host-
ed a pres conference for around 25 mostly
Romanian journalists where, alongside notes
on core programme achievements, they
highlighted the benefits that Eurofighter Ty-
phoon would bring to Romanias defence
concerns. Chief among them was that, when
assessing the threat of the Su-30, only Eu-
rofighter Typhoon out of the competing air-
craft (F-16, Gripen) can comfortably take
24-26 September: Bucharest, Romania
Black Sea Defense & Aerospace
Even before the build-up phase for the Yoko-
hama-based show could get underway, the
Japanese Ministry of Defence came out to con-
firm the rumours of a delay of up to 18
months for the release of the Request for Pro-
posal in its F-X Fighter Competition. Unde-
terred, the BAE Systems-led, Alenia Aeronau-
tica-supported campaign team descended
on the land of the rising sun with the sim-
ple message that Eurofighter Typhoon is the
best available weapon system for Japans
Air Force requirements.
Overall, the Eurofighter teams inaugural
participation was successful. Specific brief-
01-05 October: Yokohama, Japan
Japan Aerospace, Yokohama
The financial constraints placed on Greece
through hosting the 2004 Summer Olympic
Games took a heavy toll and, as a result, re-
duced the urgency on major Hellenic pro-
curement programmes. The re-election of
the ruling New Democratic party, it is
hoped, will be followed by a direction-set-
ting process and the restarted fighter selec-
tion programme.
Defendory International, the showcase
event in the Greek exhibition calendar, in
its new home at the Hellenikon Center, al-
lowed the EADS-led campaign team the op-
portunity to reaffirm the consortiums com-
mitment to fulfilling the Hellenic Air
Forces requirements.
07-11 October: Athens, Greece
Defendory International
ings and demonstrations were given to Major
General Hirata, Director Defense Department,
ASO, Major General Fukui, Logistics Depart-
ment, ASO, Major General Nakashima, Op-
erations Dept, ASO, Lieutenant General Na-
gashima, Air Development and Test Command,
Mr Hirose, METI, Mr Katase, Mr Shikina and
Mr Nunobe, IHI, Lieutenant General Nagata,
Commander Air Defense Command, Lieu-
tenant General Iwasaki, Mr Matsuo and Mr
Baba, Internal Bureau, Major General Maru-
mo, Head of F-X PO and Mr Shimizu, MELCO,
all co-ordinated by Sumitomo Corporation.
In addition, a number of interviews were giv-
en by Mr Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems
Group Managing Director, Programmes and
Support to journalists from the Nikkei,
Wing Weekly and Wing JA2008 Show News.
Although its widely documented that the
Japanese Government are lobbying the
United States regarding the potential export
of the F-22, the continuing reluctance of the
Americans to release the jet for foreign mili-
tary sales leaves Eurofighter Typhoon in a
strong position in the F-X Competition. The
eventual contract could be worth up to 50
aircraft with deliveries expected to start
around 2013.
Strategically opposite one another inside
the exhibition hall, between them the Eu-
rofighter Typhoon team and their EADS coun-
terparts were able to host the vast majority
of the key delegates attending Defendory.
These included Ioannis Plakiotakis, Deputy
Minister of Defence in Greece, and the
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Com-
mittee for Defence & Foreign Affairs, Panos
Kammenos. The Director General of the Arma-
ment Acquisitions & Defence Investments
General Directorate, Evangelos Vassilakos
stopped by as did various high-ranking Hel-
lenic Air Force representatives. Brigadier
Generals Georgios Skribas and Spyros Fran-
gos, Chief of Operations and Chief of Mainte-
nance & Logistics respectively amongst them.
In addition to the Greek politicians and
military visitors, delegations from Bulgaria,
India, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia and
Turkey were in attendance, as well as repre-
sentatives from local defence industries and
Defendory International wrapped up the
exhibition circuit for 2008, so far as the
Eurofighter Typhoon team is concerned. The
first stop in 2009 will be Aero India, Banga-
lore, in February.
Phillip Lee
care of business. Paoletti and Meier alluded to
the fact that Eurofighter Typhoon fleet ef-
fectiveness is the biggest discriminator against
the less capable rivals involved in the Ro-
mania competition.
The procurement contract with Romania
could be worth up to 48 aircraft. The Request
for Information (RFI) has been responded to
on behalf of the consortium by Alenia with a
Request for Proposal (RFP) or competitive
dialogue on various procurement processes
indicated for end 2008 or early 2009. In
October, Alenia signed a Memorandum of
Agreement (MoA) document with Romanian
aircraft manufacturer Aerostar on aerospace
and engineering collaboration. The terms of
this agreement will be activated should Eu-
rofighter Typhoon be selected in the procure-
ment competition.
tion is fierce. Over a three-week period travers-
ing September and October, the Eurofighter
export campaign teams were put through
their paces at high-profile events in Roma-
nia, Japan and Greece.
The Japanese Air Force took every opportunity to fly the aircraft in the Cockpit Demonstrator the
exhibition team brought to Yokohama
Deputy Defence Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis
cutting the ribbon at the Opening Ceremony
Greek govern-
ment officials
took great
interest in
Typhoon at
All Laser Guided Bombs already cleared for
Eurofighter Typhoon are being produced by
Raytheon Missile Systems. The principle of
operation is that the seeker homes in on re-
flected laser energy directed onto a target.
Accuracy of the weapons is very high. That
is why they are also called Precision Muni-
GBU-10 and GBU-16 describe the type of
bomb combined with the Paveway II Laser
Seeker, namely the MK-84 US 2000 lbs (900
kg) bomb for GBU-10 and the MK-83 US-1000
lbs (450 kg) bomb. While the German, Italian
and Spanish air force have a need for the in-
tegration of GBU-16, Spain also wants to use
the GBU-10. Range for these bombs is given
by Raytheon between 15,000 and 40,000 ft.
The accuracy of the laser seeker being be-
low 10 m.
In the Royal Air Force though, Paveway II
stands for the same seeker but combined
with a 1000lb (450 kg) UK bomb.
The latest development in Laser Guided
Bombs is the dual mode seeker that com-
bines the Laser seeker with GPS (Global Po-
The Eurofighter Typhoon is in operation with
five air forces, mainly in the air-to-air role,
but all aircraft of Tranche 1 will be able to
drop Laser Guided Bombs or use the gun
to attack ground targets. The Block 5 aircraft
have this capability already; aircraft of ear-
lier Blocks will have it after attaining Block
5 Full Operational Capability through the
Retrofit 2 programme.
This means that three LGBs are cleared for
these aircraft: GBU-10 and -16 plus Paveway
II(UK). The Royal Air Force has already some
Tranche 1 aircraft declared multi-role capa-
ble with an integrated Laser Designator Pod.
These aircraft can drop the Enhanced Pave-
way II weapon autonomously.
In Tranche 2 these air-to-ground capabil-
ities are being extended in steps. Phase 1
will see the integration of a laser designator
for all aircraft plus EGBU-16 and Paveway
IV weapons, while retaining the GBU-10/-16
capability. Beyond that the air forces envisage
the integration of Stand-Off weapons Storm
Shadow and Taurus, the supersonic clear-
ance for Paveway IV, Brimstone and possibly
the Small Diameter Bomb GBU-39 would be
further steps.
sitioning System) data. The Enhanced Pave-
way II, EGBU-16 and Paveway IV are such
dual mode weapons. This capability com-
bines the accuracy and flexibility of the tra-
ditional Laser Guided Weapons with all-
weather GPS guidance. So if there is no
laser guidance available or the Laser Seek-
er cannot detect the reflected energy
through cloud, the GPS will provide the
bomb guidance to the target..
The EGBU-16 describes a 1000 lbs (450
kg) bomb combined with this new seeker.
The three partner air forces from Germany,
Italy and Spain call for the integration of
this weapon, while the UK wants the inte-
gration of Paveway IV, a 225 kg bomb com-
bined with a similar dual mode seeker.
Stand-Off Weapons
A modern multi-role/swing-role aircraft like
Eurofighter Typhoon has to be able to oper-
ate Stand-Off Weapons. Two types are under
consideration, Storm Shadow already in
operation with the Italian Air Force and the
Royal Air Force, and Taurus already intro-
duced in Germany and Spain.
Selected by five countries (Greece, France,
Italy, United Arab Emirates and United King-
dom) Storm Shadow is a long range, con-
ventionally armed, cruise missile, optimised
for use in pre-planned attacks against heavi-
ly defended, hardened and high value fixed
targets whose positions are accurately
known before the mission. Storm Shadow
has been used in the Iraq war by the Royal
Air Force.
Eurofighters Air-to-Ground Weapons
Heavy Punch
Operating by day and night and in adverse
weather, Storm Shadow offers considerable
operational capability and provides a large
launch window with minimal Fire and For-
get workload. It is stealthy and fully au-
tonomous after being fired.
After launch, Storm Shadow changes from
its firing altitude to very low cruising alti-
tude. Its inertial navigation is continuously
updated through information supplied by
its navigation system following the ground by
digital terrain profile matching and by GPS.
This provides the missile with excellent nav-
igational precision and resistance to coun-
termeasures. The passive infrared imagery
homing head is activated during the final
target approach phase. Automatic target recog-
nition algorithms then compare the actual
scene with the memorised scene, identify the
designated target and select the target im-
pact point in order to hit the target with very
high precision.
Storm Shadow has been developed and is
produced by Europes Number One in Mis-
sile Systems MBDA, a joint Venture Company
of Alenia, BAE Systems and EADS.
The TAURUS KEPD 350 is also a modular
stand-off missile system for precision strikes
against strongly hardened and high-value
point and area targets. TAURUS is designed to
penetrate dense air defences in very low
level terrain - following flight and neutralise
high value stationary and semi-stationary
targets with its highly effective dual stage
warhead system MEPHISTO. It combines
excellent penetration capabilities for hard and
deep buried targets (HDBT) as well as blast
and fragmentation capabilities against high-
value point and area targets.
The Programmable Intelligent Multi-Pur-
pose Fuze (PIMPF) of the penetrator enables
detonation of the penetrator at pre-selected
floors within the target through layer count-
ing and void sensing technology.
TAURUS KEPD 350 is deployed on the
German Air Force Tornado IDS aircraft. A pro-
curement contract has been signed by the
Spanish Air Force for this missile to equip
their EF-18 aircraft.
TAURUS KEPD 350 is a product of TAURUS
Systems GmbH, a joint venture between
LFK-Lenkflugkrpersysteme GmbH (now an
integral part of MBDA) and Saab Bofors Dy-
namics AB for the development, production
and global marketing of the TAURUS stand-
off missile family for precision strike.
In November 1996 the UK MoD awarded
MBDA the development and production con-
tract for Brimstone. In October 2003, a suc-
cessful series of test firings were carried out
as part of the final stages of Brimstone's
development phase. During one of these tests,
a ripple test firing, three missiles success-
fully impacted on three different targets with
an array of armoured vehicles. Brimstone
went into service on RAF Tornados during
the course of 2005.
It has been designed in answer to the UK
MoD's requirement for an air-to-surface
stand-off anti-tank Fire and Forget missile
capable of being engaged from far outside
the opponent's combat system. Brimstone 's
high flexibility of use is unique in the world.
It can be launched from combat aircraft,
light armoured vehicles and from the ground.
Its millimetric Wave radar seeker ensures
target searching and identification 24 hours
a day, in all weathers, and is not affected by
the smoke and obscurants of today's mod-
ern battlefield.
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Brimstone is already in
service with the Royal
Air Forces Tornados
and Harriers
Storm Shadow has been ordered by Italy and the
United Kingdom, amongst others
Paveway II dropped by a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon at trials in the USA earlier this year
Eurofighter Typhoon can operate the Paveway
with laser-seekers or dual mode seekers
Paveway IV
Taurus has been ordered by Germany and Spain.
Both nations want to operate the weapon with
Eurofighter Typhoon
The Swiss Air Force needs a replacement for
part of their F-5 fleet, and in 2010 the Par-
liament in Bern will decide on the procure-
ment of the successor. Already in Summer
2009 the assessment of bid response and fly-
ing / technical evaluation of Eurofighter
Typhoon and its competitors Gripen and
Rafale will lead to Type Selection.
On Thursday 5 November two Eurofighter
Typhoon aircraft landed in Emmen for their
evaluation by the Swiss Procurement Agency
armasuisse and the Swiss Air Force. Em-
men is not only a Swiss Air Force base, but
also home for the famous Patrouille Suisse.
The Twin Seaters IPA3 and GT015 had been
fitted with Infrared Search and Track Sys-
tem PIRATE plus a reconnaissance capability
using the Rafael Recce Light pod derived
from the Eurofighter Laser Designator Pod.
The Eurofighter evaluation in Switzerland
is a combined team effort of the German Air
Eurofighter Typhoon over
Force, the National Test Centre WTD 61 and
Military Air Systems of EADS Defence & Se-
curity, who all seconded specialized personal.
The team was well received by their
Swiss counterparts, who were as objective as
one could be when taking a look at Eurofighter
Typhoons capabilities. EADS Project Pilot
Chris Worning commented that for him it was
another exciting experience to fly the Eu-
rofighter over such a beautiful but demand-
ing landscape again, in particular under
the ever changing meteorological conditions
of November and December.
After three weeks of hard work the aircraft
and the team left Emmen for home, confi-
dent that Eurofighter Typhoon would be the
ideal aircraft to meet the Swiss requirements.
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Small Diameter Bomb
The Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) Weapon
System, designated GBU-39 has been devel-
oped by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.
SDB Increment I (GBU-39) is the next gen-
eration of low-cost and low collateral-damage
precision Precision Guided Munition (PGM)
The SDB system enables combat strike
aircraft to increase the number of targets
attacked per sortie while inherently limiting
collateral damage against unintended tar-
gets. In addition, the SDB System delivers
precise, penetrating weapons, day or night,
in adverse weather from stand off ranges. SDB
is carried by Combat aircraft in external
stores locations of internal weapons bays.
The 250 lb class GBU-39 munition comes
equipped with an Anti-Jam Global Positioning
System / Inertial Navigation System (AJG-
PS/INS) guidance system that provides nav-
igation of the weapon to the target coordi-
nates. A wing assembly is also attached to
the weapon providing additional range.
This increased range capability puts more
enemy aim points within the footprint of
the releasing aircraft thereby allowing the
launch aircraft to prosecute more targets
on a single pass.
The GBU-39/B payload is a highly effec-
tive hybrid warhead affording the warfighter
both penetration and blast and fragmenta-
tion capabilities. The warhead is coupled with
a cockpit selectable electronic fuze. The
weapons design has been optimized to limit
the effects of collateral damage due the
combination of its precise accuracy and a
smaller 250 lb class warhead containing
thirty-six pounds of energetic explosive fill.
In addition, the warhead has been qualified
to meet Insensitive Munition (IM) require-
Production deliveries started in April 2006
and the system is in full rate production.
The US Air Combat Command Commander
declared initial operational capability for
the SDB System on October 2, 2006--fielded
ahead of schedule. The SDB System was
successfully employed in combat from F-15E
Strike Eagles of the 494th Expeditionary
Fighter Squadron providing close-air support
for ground troops operating in Iraq starting
on October 5, 2006.
The so-called Small Diameter Bomb has been
developed by Boeing and is in service with the
US Air Force
26 flights have been performed with two aircraft to assess operational capabilities and in-service support characteristics
IPA3 after landing in a powerful air-to-air configu-
ration with six AIM-120 AMRAAM, two IRIS-T and
two external fuel tanks
The Small Diameter Bomb is of interest to the
Eurofighter Partner nations and its integration can
be part of future enhancements
The Swiss pilots flew with the new Helmet
into service with the Air Forces in 2003 and
is presently operated by 10 units across five
nations. With the addition of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia as the programmes second
export customer after Austria, there are 707
aircraft with the potential for more than
1,500 EJ200 engines under contract. The re-
sponse to the EJ200 of the pilots flying the
Eurofighter Typhoon is, without exception,
always positive: I am impressed over and
over again by the excellent engine han-
dling states Major Marc Thoene, Eurofight-
er Typhoon pilot in the German Air Force,
Fighter Wing 73 Steinhoff. The pilot is
equally enthusiastic about the outstanding
performance of the EJ200. Optimum main-
tainability, great reliability and low life-cy-
cle costs are the characteristic features of
this engine, says Thoene, adding with a
wink, of course, for us, the unprecedented
thrust is the most significant one.
100,000 EFH
The EJ200 programme passed another key
milestone at the end of October: The EJ200
engine achieved over 100,000 Engine Flying
Hours (EFH) in the Eurofighter Typhoon
fleets of the Air Forces of the United King-
dom, Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria. The
multi-role combat aircraft was introduced
100th Tranche 2 Engine
The entire production of the EJ200 engines
is organized into three production stages,
called Tranches. After the delivery of the
last of the 363 Tranche 1 engines in 2006,
they are all successfully powering the Eu-
rofighter Typhoon fleets of the Air Forces of
five nations since 2007. This years success
story began with the delivery of the 100th
Tranche 2 engine to the Royal Air Force on
the 9th of June. The engine was assembled
at the Rolls-Royce facilities in Bristol, Unit-
ed Kingdom. The production of Tranche 2
EJ200 engines is progressing in line with
established plans of the overall Eurofighter
Typhoon programme and will ensure pro-
duction continuity until 2012. The EJ200 en-
gines are assembled at the production facili-
ties of the respective partner companies
that comprise the EUROJET Turbo GmbH
consortium. EUROJET is responsible for the
management of development, production,
maintenance, support and export of the new
generation EJ200 engine. The shareholders
are Rolls-Royce (UK), MTU Aero Engines
(Germany), Avio (Italy) and ITP (Spain). The
EJ200 engine combines the leading tech-
nologies of each of the four European com-
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In 2008 EUROJET Turbo GmbH, the leading military engine consortium, has achieved
numerous major milestones for its EJ200 programme.
further on the route to success
500th EJ200 Engine
Before the end of what has already been a
successful year, EUROJET has another rea-
son to celebrate: On the 5th of November
2008 the 500th EJ200 engine rolled out of
the assembly line at MTU Aero Engines in
Munich, Germany, and was delivered to the
German customer. In recognition of this re-
markable achievement, EUROJET invited the
representatives of everyone who made this
major success happen to the Flugwerft
Schleissheim near Munich. Amongst the
guests were representatives of NETMA/
Nations (NATO Eurofighter and Tornado
Management Agency), the Air Forces of the
United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and
Austria, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH,
Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, Avio, ITP
and other friends of the aerospace commu-
nity. All in all, more than 160 guests joined
EUROJET for this interesting and entertain-
ing evening in the branch of the Deutsches
Museum celebrating between the various
aircraft and engine exhibits of the last
decades, one of them being the celebrated
object itself the EJ200. In his moving
speech, Hartmut J. Tenter, the Managing
Director of EUROJET Turbo GmbH, expressed
his gratitude for the effective cooperation,
motivation and constant input from all
partners, which made it possible to face the
demanding challenges and to succeed in
ultimately providing the Partner Air Forces
with the world-leading engine that they
Future Prospects
EUROJET now looks forward to the next
upcoming achievement the first engine to
achieve 1,000th flying hours installed in a
Eurofighter Typhoon. Whether this further
milestone in the successful history of the
EJ200 programme will be reached this year
or at the beginning of next year will become
apparent during the next weeks. In either
case, 2009 will be another promising year
on the route to success of the EJ200 pro-
Speakers at the 500th EJ200 celebration at the Flugwerft Schleiheim:
Hartmut J. Tenter, EUROJET Managing Director; Werner Sabarz, Deputy
General Manager, speaking on behalf of the NETMA General Manager
Antonino Altorio and Major General Karl Muellner as representative of the
German Air Force
The 100th EJ200 Tranche 2 engine produced at Rolls-Royce in Bristol
The 500th EJ200 production engine produced at MTU in Munich
The venue of the celebration in one of the hangars
at the Flugwerft Oberschleiheim
DA-1, the first
Eurofighter Typhoon
prototype, on display
at Flugwerft
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Eurofighter in Neuburg
First aircraft for
Saudi Arabia flown
Project Foundation
500 EJ200 delivered
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Eurofighters Air-to-Ground Weapons
Heavy Punch
Since 1 July 2008 Eurofighter Typhoons operating out of Zeltweg Air Base in Styria
protect Austrias air space from unwanted intruders
Eurofighter Typhoon of IX Stormo leaving the air base in Gioia del Colle after a deployment to the second
Eurofighter base of the Italian Air Force