Across the world the six Air Forces who operate Typhoon have passed the significant milestone of 100,000 flying hours.
The 100,000th hour was achieved in collaboration with the Nations’ Air Forces in the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a combined fleet of over 260 in-service Typhoons – the largest number among the new generation fighters available in the world today.
In the UK, the Royal Air Force working with BAE Systems’ support, ensure Typhoon is available for full operational duty, protecting and defending the national air space 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The role of the aircraft includes air defence and air interception.
The UK’s contribution to the 100,000 flying hours was achieved through the combined efforts of the Royal Air Force at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, RAF Leuchars in Scotland, and Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands and also, in a range of operational deployments that tested the readiness, durability and reliability of Typhoon.
Chris Boardman, BAE Systems’ Managing Director responsible for Typhoon said: “This is a significant achievement for Typhoon and the partner Nations’ Air Forces. Such a milestone demonstrates the extensive operational capability of the aircraft both within the UK and in differing environments overseas. It also increasingly highlights the importance of Typhoon for NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) air defence responsibilities.”
Typhoon is Europe’s largest military collaborative programme which delivers unrivalled combat capability coupled with improved situation awareness, high survivability and the most advanced array of integrated sensors makes Typhoon a total solution for the modern Air Force.
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