Cas­sid­ian de­liv­ers 100th Eurofighter to the Ger­man Air Force

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Cas­sid­ian has handed over the 100th Eurofighter to the Ger­man Air Force at the Mil­i­tary Air Sys­tems Cen­tre in Manch­ing. The air­craft with the iden­ti­fier 31x00, took off on its de­liv­ery flight to Boelke Fighter Bomber Wing 31 in No­er­venich. Speak­ing to del­e­gates in­clud­ing politi­cians, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pub­lic au­thor­i­ties, Ger­man armed forces and in­dus­try; Bern­hard Ger­w­ert, CEO of Cas­sid­ian, un­der­scored the im­por­tance of this mile­stone for the com­pany.

“The Eurofighter pro­gramme is and re­mains one of the es­sen­tial pil­lars of Cas­sid­ian’s busi­ness. Eurofighter is the largest Euro­pean high­tech pro­gramme and is the most mod­ern multi-role com­bat air­craft in the mar­ket to­day. To­gether with the Ger­man Air Force, we can be proud that this pro­gramme is run­ning soundly and suc­cess­fully.”

Gen­eral Lieu­tenant Karl Muell­ner, Chief of Staff of the Ger­man Air Force, said: “Due to its in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, mo­du­lar­ity and growth po­ten­tial, the multi-role weapon sys­tem, Eurofighter, is to­day the back­bone of the Ger­man Air Force’s com­bat air­craft fleet, par­tic­u­larly in light of the new ori­en­ta­tion of our armed forces, and will also re­main in fu­ture.”

The Ger­man Air Force re­ceived its first Eurofighter from Cas­sid­ian at the be­gin­ning of 2003. The com­bat air­craft was launched in Ger­many in 2004 and since then has flown more than 30,000 flight hours with­out ac­ci­dent. The Eurofighter is cur­rently op­er­a­tional at ‘Stein­hoff’ Fighter Wing 73 in Laage, Fighter Wing 74 in Neuburg and ‘Boelke’ Fighter Bomber Wing 31 in No­er­venich. With 719 air­craft un­der con­tract, 571 or­ders and 355 de­liv­er­ies, the Eurofighter is cur­rently the largest mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment pro­gramme in Europe and boosts the Euro­pean avi­a­tion in­dus­try’s stand­ing in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Seven na­tions (Ger­many, the UK, Italy, Spain, Aus­tria, Saudi Arabia and Oman) have pro­cured the Eurofighter. At present, the air­craft are be­ing op­er­ated by 20 op­er­a­tive en­ti­ties world­wide. Till date, the Eurofighter fleet has com­pleted more than 1,60,000 flight hours glob­ally. It is thus the safest and one of the most re­li­able com­bat air­craft in op­er­a­tional use.

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