BAE concludes Typhoon deliveries to RAF
BAE Systems has delivered the last Eurofighter Typhoon on contract for the Royal Air Force, ahead of transitioning to assembly of the aircraft for the Qatari Emiri Air Force.
The RAF has now received all of its contracted Typhoon fighters, and a ceremony was held to mark the milestone at BAE's final assembly facility at Warton in Lancashire, UK.
This site will now begin to assemble Qatar’s aircraft, ahead of a first delivery in 2022.
‘This event marks another major milestone in our partnership with the UK which will continue to see us work together to invest in evolving Typhoon to become the complete battlefield controller,’ Andy Flynn, Typhoon capability director for BAE Systems’ air division, said.
‘Typhoon was designed to continuously evolve and its untapped potential continues to be realised 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.’
Technology will be developed for Typhoon that will allow it to operate over coming decades, Flynn noted, which will allow it to operate alongside so-called future combat air systems that the UK and other nations are investing in.
‘Great pride should be taken for the continued dedication and hard work needed to reach this significant milestone for the Typhoon programme,’ Air Cdre Paul Lloyd, head of the fast air support team at the UK's Defence Equipment & Support organisation, added.
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