COVID-19: Eurofighter Typhoon production lines will be kept Open

Eurofighter has told that it has ‘robust plans’ in place across its four production facilities, including in the epicenter of Novel Coronavirus in Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK to mitigate any potential effects on the backlog order for Kuwait and Qatar learned GDC quoting Eurofighter Consortium.

“We have robust business continuity plans in place which are under constant review as the situation develops. We continue to work closely with employees, customers, and suppliers to minimise any impact to our operations. We will continue to take all appropriate measures and precautions to protect all of our internal and external stakeholders while continuing to deliver our commitments, particularly with regard to supporting our customer operations,” the spokesperson said.

Eurofighter Consortium has an outstanding backlog of 28 aircraft for Kuwait and 24 for Qatar.

To satisfy these Kuwaiti and Qatari orders, all four national production lines will manufacture parts, with final assembly to take place at Caselle and Warton respectively. The delivery of these two orders, expected from late 2020 to 2023 for Kuwait and from 2022 to an unspecified date in the mid-2020s for Qatar, will conclude the 623-aircraft PoR for the partner nations and export customers.

Further to these final current orders, Germany is expected to shortly sign for 38 new-build Tranche 3 Eurofighters to replace its 32 early Tranche 1 aircraft. Project Quadriga will see the Luftwaffe receive active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar-equipped Eurofighters (while Airbus previously referred to these as Tranche 3 jets, lately officials have termed them Tranche 4.

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