First Production Single Seat Eurofighter Typhoon Takes to the Skies

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Eurofighter GmbH announced the successful completion of the maiden flight of GS002 - the first Eurofighter Typhoon Single Seat Series Production Aircraft. The flight took place at the EADS Flight Test Centre at Manching, Germany, and lasted 65 minutes.

The German Single Seat (GS002) is the first Tranche 1/Batch 2 aircraft to be flown in a production standard. GS002 is scheduled to join existing twin-seat aircraft operating with the German Air Force fleet at Laage-Rostock in Northern Germany.

Commenting on the flight EADS Test Pilot Heinz-Dieter Spölgen said "This was an extraordinary first flight! It was a text book 'Production Flight Acceptance Test' and the aircraft performed extremely well."

Eight Twin Seat aircraft have been delivered so far to the German Air Force. They are being used for ground crew training and as part of the ongoing operational evaluation of the Weapon System by JG 73 "Steinhoff" in Laage.

The production Eurofighter Typhoon fleet delivered to the four Partner Nations recently completed more than 1,400 flying hours.

High Resolution images of the First Flight of GS002 can be downloaded from our web site. Hard Copy images are available on request.

Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced swing-role combat aircraft, developed by the leading aerospace companies, Alenia Aeronautica, BAE SYSTEMS, EADS Germany and EADS CASA, of the four partner countries, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain.

Agile and highly maneuverable, the twin-engine Eurofighter Typhoon is designed to operate from hastily prepared bases and small runways for worldwide operations. It is equipped with an advanced multi-mode radar and an extensive range of sensors and electronic countermeasures.

The aircraft's ability to gain air superiority beyond visual range (BVR) and in close combat, and at the same time deliver high sortie rates against air, naval and ground targets in all weathers with a variety of weapons, demands close attention to pilot workload. In Eurofighter the pilot flies through use of a computerized flight control system, which offers full carefree handling.

A strong emphasis has been placed on reducing cost of ownership in addition to outstanding performance and flight safety. Eurofighter Typhoon is less expensive to run than the generation of aircraft it is designed to replace.

The Eurofighter partner nations plan to take delivery of 620 aircraft: 180 for Germany, 121 for Italy, 87 for Spain and 232 for the United Kingdom. An additional export order of 18 Eurofighter Typhoon has been agreed with the Government of Austria. Eurofighter has also been downselected in Singapore in a competition for a Future Fighter.

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defense has agreed an industrial participation programme with Eurofighter GmbH for the future enhancement of the weapon system. Eurofighter Typhoon has also been selected by Greece to meet its respective requirements for a future fighter.

Following Type Acceptance on 30 June, 2003, 28 Series Production Aircraft have now been delivered to the four nation air forces where they are undertaking entry in to service and operational evaluation flying.

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