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Eurofighter Typhoon - the true, combat proven, multi-role weapon system, central to European NATO airpower
It is in operational service with six nations – Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – and on order from the Kingdom of Oman and the State of Kuwait. The aircraft provides 24/7 protection of the skies over Europe and its multi role capabilities have been proven in global deployed operations.  It was designed to be, and is being, continuously developed to meet the known threats of today and the emerging threats of tomorrow.
 
By choosing Eurofighter Typhoon, Belgium will become a partner in an international programme that delivers the backbone of European air power, with almost 500 aircraft in service among Belgium's near neighbours.
 
 
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With proven operational reliability, combat effectiveness through network-enabled data superiority and umatched performance, Belgium can rely upon Eurofighter Typhoon to deliver on commitments to NATO and international operations around the globe.

Meeting the threats of tomorrow together, Belgium would share the cost of continued capability evolution with European partners, offering the most cost-effective through-life solution to meet its defence needs.
 

Eurofighter Typhoon was developed through a European collaborative programme to meet the needs of the four initial nations, who not only benefited through the creation of a superior weapons system but also through the creation of technology and economic value.

Industrially, the programme is delivered by Europe’s three largest aerospace and defence companies, Airbus, BAE Systems, and Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The partners in the Eurofighter programme offer Belgium the opportunity to acquire an extremely capable military asset, and to join a co-operative progamme which will bring partnership at all levels politically, militarily and industrially across Europe, with the associated economic benefits to Belgium and Europe.
 

A High Performance Twin Engine Multi-Role Fighter

  • Primary asset for European air defence for the foreseeable future
  • 24/7 airspace protection through Quick Reaction Alert
  • Fully interoperable with NATO assets
  • A large customer base of 8 customers
  • Carries and delivers both European and US weapons.
  • Provides Air Policing to NATO
  • Combat Proven in Libya, Syria and Iraq
  • Outstanding reliability and maintainability, providing consistently high levels of operational readiness
  • Capable of meeting all Belgium's current and future national and NATO commitments


Europe's Largest Defence Programme

  • Collaboration between 4 nations - UK, Germany, Italy and Spain
  • And the 3 leading European companies - Airbus, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica
  • Additional customers of Austria, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait
  • The programme provides a large number of high-skilled and high quality jobs across Europe
  • There is a continual aircraft enhancement programme to maintain the weapons system at the forefront of capability 
  • Eurofighter Typhoon is a cost-assured and affordable solution which provides certainty in Cost Per Flying Hour
 

UK and European Relationship

  • The UK Government is leading the Eurofighter relationship with Belgium, supported by Germany, Italy & Spain
  • BAE Systems is leading Eurofighter Industry supported by Airbus, Finmeccanica and Eurojet
  • The relationship brings opportunities for cooperation on support, training and operations with the Royal Air Force and other operators
  • Eurofighter Typhoon would offer the basis to build on a 70+ year relationship with the Royal Air Force on the aircraft and wider co-operation to meet and enhance essential mutual security interests
  • Becoming an associate partner in the Eurofighter programme provides Belgium with the opportunity for closer political, military and industrial relationships with key European partners


Economic Return

  • EurofighterTyphoon is a European collaborative programme which creates wealth, technology and economic benefit for its current and future customers
  • Belgium can be a key partner with influence over the future of the product and the programme
  • The cost of continued aircraft development is shared by all customers, providing economies of scale and enhanced value to each customer
  • The Eurofighter Industrial Consortium is underpinned by Airbus, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica, who together provide an unparalleled combination of industrial capability, experience and credibility.
  • This industrial consortium currently supports more than 200 Belgian companies providing a substantial foundation to develop further beneficial industrial relationships
  • The consortium will work with Belgian industry, academia and regional governments to identify opportunities to ttransfer knowledge, skills and IPR to create new technology-based projects leading to long-term, sustainable economic value
 

 

Adding the capability

 
The Typhoon is subject to an extensive continuous capability upgrade programme. The latest Phase 1 Enhancement (P1E) package came into operation in 2015. This upgrade further enhanced the effectiveness of the aircraft and its simultaneous swing-role capabilities.
 
 
The Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) package will introduce a range of new and improved long-range attack capabilities with the introduction of the Storm Shadow and Meteor weapons, while the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package,with the Dual Mode Brimstone weapon, will provide precision attack on moving targets. The Phased Enhancement route map is underpinned by the development of an Advanced Electronically Scanned Array Radar. Further Phased Enhancements are currently being defined. The Eurofighter support and training systems will continue to endure in parallel with the aircraft systems to support the aircraft’s enhanced capability and to optimize life cycle costs.
 
We recognise Belgium's close operational relationship with the Netherlands. Eurofighter Typhoon offers Belgium the opportunity for the same complementary force mix capability as the UK - with F-35. The aircraft is also fully interoperable with ground assets.
 

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