EUROJET welcomes Kuwait as 8th Customer in the Eurofighter programme
On Tuesday 5th April, EUROJET welcomed the news that the State of Kuwait had signed a contract with the Italian government for the delivery of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons.
The contract signature for 22 single-seat and six twin-seat Typhoon aircraft followed the earlier announcement on the 11th September 2015 of a procurement agreement between the two parties. The aircraft will be of Tranche 3 standard, equipped with the E-Scan radar and powered by the remarkable EJ200 engines.
The contract confirms the State of Kuwait as the eighth customer in the programme and the third customer in the Gulf Region next to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman.
Clemens Linden, CEO of EUROJET, welcomed the news, stating: “EUROJET is very proud that the Italian government have signed this contract with Kuwait. It enhances the customer platform, provides further stability to the programme and demonstrates the quality of the proven product. In addition, it comes at the perfect time to give a strong and confident message to the market of the excellence of the Typhoon and with it, our EJ200 engines. EUROJET would like to congratulate the State of Kuwait on its decision and welcome it to the Typhoon community.”
The EUROJET consortium is responsible for the management of the EJ200 engine programme. EUROJET’s shareholders comprise Rolls-Royce (UK), MTU Aero Engines (Germany), ITP (Spain) and Avio Aero (Italy). The engine represents outstanding and innovative technology and continually demonstrates its exceptional performance in the Eurofighter Typhoon. With its unprecedented performance record, combined with multi-role capability and highest availability at competitive life-cycle costs, the EJ200 engine is perfectly set to meet the Republic of Korea Air Force’s requirements of today and the future.
Since delivery of the first production engine in 2003, well over a thousand EJ200 production engines have been delivered to Air Force fleets of the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria and Saudi Arabia, which together have achieved over 600,000 engine flying hours. The Kingdom of Oman, is expected to receive delivery of its first aircraft with EJ200 engines in 2017.