Mar 4, 2014
First Tranche 3 Eurofighter for Italy emerges
The aircraft (number 64) is now ready for engine tests, and will be delivered within the first half of this year.
Italy’s air force is to receive 21 aircraft under the Tranche 3A production phase, with a further combined 91 to be accepted by Germany, Spain and the UK.
The Italian air force has a current active fleet of 71 Eurofighters, and is also yet to receive its last three examples in the Tranche 2 configuration.
The emergence of the second aircraft in the new standard – which follows a lead Royal Air Force example flown for the first time by a BAE Systems test pilot last December – comes days after Germany’s defence ministry confirmed it will not proceed with the Eurofighter programme’s previously expected Tranche 3B activity. This was to have delivered the last 124 aircraft from an originally-planned umbrella contract for 620 of the type signed by the partner nations. Italy, Spain and the UK also plan to halt their acquisition of the Typhoon on the completion of their 3A order.