The 500th Eurofighter Typhoon has been handed over to the Italian Air Force during a special ceremony held in Turin on April 11, 2017.
Such a special event as a 500th delivery does not happen every day. After the delivery of the first Eurofighter Typhoon in 2003 to the UK Royal Air Force, now the 500th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered to the Italian Air Force. The Eurofighter Typhoon is daily demonstrating its operational value in the Middle East as well as 24/7 in the most demanding environments such as the Baltic Air Policing deployment.
- With 599 aircraft ordered, the Eurofighter Typhoon is the largest collaborative industrial programme in Europe
- Eight customers have ordered the Eurofighter Typhoon worldwide
- Almost 400,000 flying hours have been achieved across a wide range of operational locations
- The aircraft is kept on a continuous enhancement route to maintain its position as the most capable fighter for decades to come
Airbus Defence and Space plays a key role in this programme and has two Final Assembly lines in Manching (Germany) and in Getafe (Spain). At these sites, Airbus Defence and Space has teams for development, engineering, test, production, flight test operations, services and retrofit for the Eurofighter Typhoon Weapon System.
The aircraft has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, high reliability across the globe in all climates. It has been deployed on multiple occasions on Baltic Air Policing duties with the Spanish, German, Italian and UK air forces and has been combat proven during operations in Libya, Iraq and Syria.
Through a series of continual enhancement steps, new capabilities are being added to the aircraft, with test and integration activity currently underway for advanced beyond visual range air-to-air missile Meteor, the precision guided cruise missile Storm Shadow and the precision attack missile Brimstone. The integration of these weapon systems will ensure Eurofighter Typhoon maintains its position as the most capable, agile and reliable swing-role fighter available on the international market.
The first Eurofighter was delivered to the UK Royal Air Force at the end of 2003. The 100th Eurofighter was delivered to the UK Royal Air Force in September 2006. The 200th aircraft was handed over to the German Air Force in November 2009. The 300th aircraft was delivered to the Spanish Air Force in October 2011, and the 400th to the German Air Force in December 2013.