Leonardo to maintain German & Spanish Typhoon fleet
Leonardo has signed two new five-year contracts that will see the company directly involved in the maintenance of German and Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon avionics.
The company has great pedigree in Typhoon maintenance, with it providing availability-based support for Italian Typhoons, it has also recently agreed to provide support for UK Typhoon avionics for the next ten years
Leonardo leads the consortia that provides the jet’s radar, defensive aids suite and IRST, providing more than 60% of the avionics for the Typhoon.
Worth more than €100M, the contracts with Airbus will cover all repairs estimated to arise in the next five years. The service covers all equipment, directly or indirectly, where Leonardo is the design authority. This includes the majority of the Typhoon’s avionic suite including the radar, IRST sensor and defensive aids suite.
The five-year contracts will see Leonardo supporting the Spanish Ejército del Aire and German Luftwaffe Typhoon jets in partnership with Airbus and Eurofighter. Each contract is designed to help generate cost savings for the partner nations, significant portions of which will be reinvested into development programmes for the aircraft.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is in-service with six customers and has been ordered by two more, most recently when Leonardo received an order for 28 aircraft from Kuwait in April 2016. Leonardo is responsible for around 36% of the Typhoon’s programme value, which includes parts of the aircraft’s structure, avionics and on-board electronics.
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