Leonardo, Kuwait receives two more Eurofighter Typhoons

Leonardo, Kuwait receives two more Eurofighter Typhoons

The Kuwait army has received two more Eurofighter Typhoons, the third delivery batch out of a total of 28 aircraft ordered by the country

Leonardo has delivered the fifth and fourth Eurofighter Typhoons to Kuwait, destined for the Kuwait Air Force, part of a larger order of 28 aircraft destined for the country's Air Force.

This was announced today by the group led by Alessandro Profumo, stating that the Eurofighter program for Kuwait "is proceeding successfully and in line with the delivery plan".

In April 2016, Kuwait signed a € 7.96 billion contract with Leonardo for 28 Tranche 3A aircraft, which will include Storm Shadow, Brimstone and other air-to-surface weapons.In spring 2021, Leonardo began collecting from the contract : around 300 million with a bank transfer from Kuwait. The contract saw the Piazza Monte Grappa group invest many resources, which have absorbed part of the cash in the last three years.

The transfer flight of the new Eurofighters, which landed yesterday, with the pilots of the Kuwait Air Force at the controls, was made possible thanks to the support of our Air Force which provided the refueling in flight thanks to the use of a KC-767A aircraft of the 14 ° Stormo based in Pratica di Mare, adds Leonardo's note.

“We are proud to deliver to our customer two more new Eurofighters, including the first single-seat aircraft, which join the aircraft already present at the new base in Salem Al Sabah which in the meantime have reached the milestone of one hundred air sorties. The Eurofighter Typhoons we have developed for the Kuwait Air Force are the most advanced ever produced under the European program ”commented Guido Sibona, Leonardo's Eurofighter program manager.

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As the group's note points out, one of these two aircraft was recently among the protagonists of the last edition of the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford in the United Kingdom which saw, for the first time since 1993, the participation of the Kuwaiti Air Force . “This year we are very proud to return to Royal International Air Tattoo with the most advanced Eurofighter Typhoon in the world” declared on that occasion the pilot colonel, Eisa Airashidi, commander of the 7th Squadron of the Kuwait Air Force.


Furthermore, Leonardo also stresses that "the" Eurofighter Kuwait "program is part of a broader and deeper collaboration between the Italian Air Force and the Kuwait Air Force, which includes operational activities, pilot training and support". In fact, the armed force is ensuring, in Italy, the initial training of the engineers and technicians who will support the Typhoon fleet activity in the country.


Finally, it should be remembered that four countries participate in the Eurofighter program: Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Eurofighter Consortium in which Leonardo (with 21%), Airbus Group and Bae Systems participate in managing it on an industrial level. However, the Italian defense group has an industrial share in the program of 36%, playing a key role in aeronautical components and on-board electronics, supplying over 60% of the electronic systems on board the aircraft.

Furthermore, Leonardo plays a particularly important role in the evolution of the Eurofighter thanks also to the new AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar that equips the Eurofighter Typhoons destined for Kuwait, increasing the performance and competitiveness of the aircraft.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/smartcity/leonardo-il-kuwait-riceve-altri-due-eurofighter-typhoon/ on Fri, 30 Sep 2022 05:17:28 +0000.