New-customer Typhoons Will Be the Most Advanced Yet
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December 27, 2018 - by Jon Lake for AINOnline
For most of the life of the Eurofighter Typhoon program, the integration of new capabilities on the aircraft has been driven by the requirements of the original four partner nations, and export aircraft have been based on the four-nation standard.
However, for the first time, the aircraft that are being built for delivery to Kuwait and Qatar from late 2019/early 2020 will have sensors and weapons that are not in service with the partner nation air forces. In some cases, these new systems will provide capabilities that are more advanced than those of RAF, Luftwaffe, AMI, and Ejército del Aire Typhoons.
Eurofighter is due to begin deliveries of 28 aircraft to Kuwait during 2019, including six two-seat trainers, following the signing of an $8.7 billion contract with Italian defense company Finmeccanica (now Leonardo) in April 2016.
Qatar then signed an order for 24 aircraft in December 2017, with deliveries due to start in 2022. The aircraft for Kuwait and Qatar will be to the latest standard and, like other Typhoons, will be capable of carrying Meteor BVRAAMs, as well as Storm Shadow, Paveway IV, Brimstone and other air-to-surface weapons.