The Eurofighter Typhoon FSR is being exhibited for the first time at an RMAF Open Day, with members of the public being given the rare opportunity to experience the aircraft hands-on and understand why it is considered the most advanced multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) on the market today. Visitors will be able to examine the aircraft up close, take pictures and from the cockpit, will be able to see what life is like from a Typhoon pilot’s perspective, gaining an understanding of his working environment.
"As well as showcasing the Typhoon’s cutting edge capability, we aim to inspire Malaysian youth about potential careers in high-technology industries such as aerospace, avionics, engineering, renewable energy. We want the young people to learn and understand the breadth of technology that is channelled into the delivery of such an advanced product. We want them to get excited about wanting to play a part in the process – be it in research and development, building the structure, or learning to fly it." explained Ian Malin, Director, Typhoon Malaysia.
Eurofighter Typhoon is the most capable, in service, multi-role fighter optimised for air defence. This year Royal Air Force Typhoon pilots will play a key role in providing airspace security for the London 2012 Olympics, their overall mission is to provide a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, this will be just an extension to Typhoon’s normal activities as they routinely police the UK skies 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year.
In late 2011, four UK RAF Typhoon aircraft from 6 Squadron flew from their base in Scotland to the Royal Malaysian Air Force airbase in Butterworth to take part in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA achieving unsurpassed levels of availability.
The Typhoon has already been ordered by six nations (Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). With 559 aircraft under production contract, over 300 aircraft delivered and more than 135,000 flying hours achieved, Eurofighter Typhoon is Europe’s largest military collaborative programme and delivers leading-edge technology, strengthening Europe’s aerospace industry in the global competition.