As the European defense industry looks towards a manned Future Combat Air System (FCAS) as a potential all-new fighter for the 2040-era, its worth considering how the success of the Eurofighter program can help build confidence. A four-nation European partnership was the only way that such a costly project could be realised, and although initial production numbers were cut, it ultimately delivered a large fleet of common aircraft.
For the statisticians out there, here are the details of that fleet. Eurofighter Typhoon production totals have always been a little confusing. Our free Typhoon supplement in our current April issue sets the details out loud and clear.
Typhoons have been built in three Tranches (production batches) to date. This does not include the Development Aircraft.
Tranche 1 consisted of 148 aircraft: 33 for Germany, 28 for Italy, 19 for Spain and 53 for the UK, plus 15 for Austria.
Tranche 2 was for 299 aircraft: 79 for Germany, 47 for Italy, 34 for Spain and 67 for the UK, plus 72 for Saudi Arabia.
Tranche 3A was signed on July 31, 2009, for 112 aircraft. This divided up as 31 for Germany, 21 for Italy, 20 for Spain and 40 for the UK.
Tranche 3B has never been signed. Export orders for Oman (12 aircraft), Kuwait (28) and Qatar (24) take overall production to 623 aircraft.
That gives: UK (160), Germany (143), Italy (96), Spain (73), Austria (15), Saudi Arabia (72), Oman (12), Kuwait (28), Qatar (24).
For more details and future procurement potential for the Typhoon, see our free supplement, out now in the April issue of Combat Aircraft.