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Airbus signs a contract with Germany for the delivery of 38 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft.

| 2020

According to information published on November 11, 2020, Airbus has signed a contract to deliver 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft to the German Air Force. This makes Germany the largest ordering nation in Europe's biggest defense program.

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Airbus signs a contract with Germany for the delivery of 38 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft 925 001 Germany’s Eurofighter Typhoon lands at an undisclosed airfield. (Photo by German Luftwaffe)

The order, also known by its project name Quadriga, covers the delivery of 30 single-seater and 8 twin-seater Eurofighters. Three of the aircraft will be equipped with additional test installations as Instrumented Test Aircraft for the further development of the Eurofighter program.

Dirk Hoke, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: "The new Tranche 4 Eurofighter is currently the most modern European-built combat aircraft with a service life well beyond 2060. Its technical capabilities will allow full integration into the European Future Combat Air System FCAS".

The renewed order from Germany secures production until 2030 and comes at a strategically important time for the program. In addition to an expected Eurofighter order from Spain to replace its legacy F-18s, procurement decisions in Switzerland and Finland are imminent in 2021.

The variant offered in Switzerland corresponds to the configuration of the German Quadriga order. The equipment includes the world's latest electronic radar, future-proof hardware and software and unlimited multi-role capability for engaging air and ground targets.

The Typhoon is a highly agile aircraft both at supersonic and at low speeds, achieved through having an intentionally relaxed stability design. The aircraft is constructed of carbon-fiber composites, glass-reinforced plastic, aluminum-lithium, titanium, and aluminum casting.

The Typhoon features a glass cockpit without any conventional instruments. It incorporates three full-color multi-function head-down displays (MHDDs), a wide-angle head-up display (HUD) with forward-looking infrared (FLIR), a voice and hands-on throttle and stick (Voice+HOTAS), a Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS), a MIDS, a manual data-entry facility (MDEF) located on the left glare shield and a fully integrated aircraft warning system with a dedicated warnings panel (DWP).

The Eurofighter Typhoon is fitted with two Eurojet EJ200 engines, each capable of providing up to 60 kN (13,500 lbf) of dry thrust and >90 kN (20,230 lbf) with afterburners. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 11,000 kg and can fly at a maximum speed of 2,125 km/h with a maximum combat range of 1,389 km.

The Eurofighter is armed with on revolver gun Mauser BK27mm. It also has 13 hardpoints for weapon carriage, four under each wing and five under the fuselage that can be armed with a wide range of weapons including air-to-air, cruise, anti-radar, anti-armor, and anti-ship missiles.

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