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Leonardo has signed contracts with Airbus, worth over €100 million, to cover all avionics repairs estimated to arise over the next five years for the German and Spanish Eurofighter TYPHOON fleets. In partnership with Airbus and Eurofighter, the company will provide coverage for all equipment, directly or indirectly, for which it is the design authority, including the radar, infrared search and track (IRST) sensor and defensive aids suite.

The Italian Air Force developed the Avionic Maintenance Centre (CMA) availability-based maintenance service agreement for its TYPHOONs with Leonardo in 2008 and has recently demonstrated its satisfaction in renewing the contract. In 2016, Leonardo joined BAE Systems in the TYPHOON Total Availability Enterprise (TyTAN) initiative, with the two companies agreeing to support UK TYPHOONs for the next 10 years. As well as keeping the fleets at a high state of readiness, these two long-term availability-based contracts are designed to generate cost savings for the partner nations, significant portions of which are expected to be reinvested in programmes aimed at further developing the aircraft’s capabilities.

The Eurofighter TYPHHON 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. The company provides more than 60% of the avionics for TYPHOON and leads the consortia responsible for providing the aircraft’s radar and IRST sensors as well as its electronic warfare defensive aid suite.

 

Leonardo will provide avionics support to German and Spanish TYPHOON fleets for the next five years. (Photo: Leonardo)

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