The following 9 nations have contracted the Eurofighter Typhoon to operate in their Air Force. Of these, 6 already operate the aircraft in a total of 20 units worldwide.
ROYAL AIR FORCE, UNITED KINGDOM
As one of the core nations, and with the UK having the largest order for both the aircraft and engines, the RAF is a significant customer for EUROJET. In 2001, the very first EJ200 production engine was delivered, destined for the RAF. As the contractual counterpart, the engines for the RAF are supplied by Rolls-Royce and are then delivered to BAE Systems for installation in the aircraft frame. To date, over 350 Engines have been delivered for the RAF.
Germany is a key member of the Eurofighter programme and also a significant customer for the EJ200. The first production engines were supplied by MTU to Airbus Defence and Space (formerly EADS) in August 2001 and the Luftwaffe signed acceptance of their first Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft in 2003. Since then more than 300 production engines have been delivered for the Luftwaffe.
EJERCITO DEL AIRE, SPAIN
When Spain joined the core nations Eurofighter Typhoon programme, the company Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP) was founded to supply the engines to Ejercito del Aire, the Spanish Air Force. The first delivery of a production engine assembled and tested in ITP took place in September 2002, followed on by the first flight of the first production aircraft from EADS CASA (now Airbus Defence & Space) shortly afterwards in 2003 in Getafe, Spain. ITP have delivered over 100 engines to Airbus Defence & Space for the Spanish Air Force.
AERONAUTICA MILITARE, ITALY
Italy is one of the early members of the EUROJET and Eurofighter Typhoon consortia. The engines for the Aeronautica Militare are assembled by Avio Aero (formerly Fiat Avio) and delivered to Alenia Aermacchi for installation in the aircraft. Since the programme’s beginning Avio Aero have delivered around 200 engines for the Italian Air Force.
Austria was the first country to come on board the Eurofighter programme as an export customer. In 2003, Austria signed an order for fifteen Typhoon aircraft and corresponding engines. The engines for the Luftstreitkräfte are produced by MTU in Germany and delivered to Airbus Defence and Space for installation. All of the fifteen aircraft and the engines have already been delivered for Austria and have entered into the in-service phase.
ROYAL SAUDI AIR FORCE
In 2006, Saudi Arabia agreed to purchase 72 Eurofighter Typhoons and thus became Eurojet’s second export customer. As part of a SA-UK government-to-government deal, the engines on order for Saudi Arabia are produced by Rolls-Royce and delivered to BAE Systems for installation in the aircraft. The first production engine for Saudi Arabia was delivered in 2009. In mid-2013, EUROJET was proud to announce the 100th engine delivered by Rolls-Royce for the RSAF.
ROYAL AIR FORCE OF OMAN
EUROJET were delighted with the news of a third export customer in late 2013 when the Sultanate of Oman signed an order for twelve Typhoon aircraft with BAE Systems. Engine production for Oman is currently underway and the first aircraft are due to be delivered in 2017. This deal signalled the continued growth of the defence sector in the Middle East as Oman is set to become the seventh country in the world, and the second in the Middle East, to operate the Typhoon.
Kuwait Air Force
The State of Kuwait has signed a contract with the Italian Government for the delivery of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons. The contract, for 22 single-seat and six twin-seat aircraft, confirms the State of Kuwait as the eighth customer in the Eurofighter programme.
Qatar Emiri Air Force
In late 2017, the State of Qatar signed a contract with BAE Systems for the delivery of 24 Eurofighter Typhoons and a corresponding support and training package. The contract for the 24 aircraft confirms the State of Qatar as the 9th customer in the Eurofighter programme, with delivery of the first aircraft expected to commence in 2022.