The Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise (TyTAN) is an agreement designed to drive down the cost of supporting the fleet and pump these savings in to developing Typhoon's future capabilities
Launched in 2016 as a 10-year support programme, it is fundamentally about delivering Typhoon flying hours to the RAF - which is why it is often referred to as an availability contract.
Under TyTAN, BAE Systems is tasked with delivering a set number of flying hours per year. Even in its early phase TyTAN exceeded its flying hours target, and cost savings were on track too.
One of the first big changes introduced under TyTAN was the extension to the maintenance programme. Previously jets were on a 500-hour cycle for a scheduled maintenance visit. Since TyTAN that has been extended out to 625 hours hanks to more efficient working practices. Over the 10-year lifespan of the contract, that change alone removes a number of maintenance events and saves several million pounds on spares and labour.
Another area where TyTAN has had a major impact has been with the establishment of a joint planning cell. This looks at the whole fleet with all three parties - the Ministry of Defence, RAF and BAE Systems - around the table. All parties look at how they can build efficiency into the support activity with a real focus on a strategic fleet plan.
I’ve never seen it in any other multinational project that I’ve worked on. You’ve got industry and the military customer working cooperatively side-by-side.
Dom Marshall, RAF Engineering Officer Squadron Leader
This approach, coupled with our pedigree of delivering fast jet support to the UK, BAE Systems has developed very close links with the RAF at every level. Trust and collaboration are the hallmarks of the TyTAN programme.
It’s working well and is a good example of thinking and partnering in a different way. The success of TyTAN has generated keen interest from the military around the world. Today RAF Coningsby is a shop window to other air forces to show how availability contracting can be done.