Gerwert said: “We are now looking forward to further detailing our offer with the Indian governmental bodies as well as the Indian industry representatives and are prepared for all subsequent discussions.” Gerwert continued: “Earlier this year we invited India to become a member of the successful Eurofighter family. Today I want to repeat this message: India is our partner of choice and we are interested in long-lasting and mutually beneficial political, industrial and military relations, which are based on our dedication for equal, fair and true partnership.”
EADS, as the Eurofighter Lead Company for India, fully understands the importance of industrial co-operation associated with defence acquisition programmes. “This is particulary true when it comes to very large acquisition cases, where the industrial collaboration can decisively contribute to further shaping the future and bright perspective of the Indian defence industry”, said Gerwert. The Eurofighter Family, the world’s largest industrial defence conglomerate with approximatively 400 leading companies associated with the programme, has the power and the willingness to completely support the Indian defence sector over the decades to come.
The EADS vision for the MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft) programme is to solidly and pragmatically bring the capabilities, skills and technologies to the Indian industry, from Defence Public Sector Undertakings, private large corporations to small and medium industries and enterprises. EADS and their Eurofighter partners have already signed more than 20 MoUs with key Indian defence companies. Four nations, four air forces and the four leading European aerospace companies EADS, EADS Casa, BAE Systems and Alenia Finmeccanica have joined forces to fully support all military, technological and industrial aspects of the Eurofighter campaign in India.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is fully operational in five European air forces, i.e., the Royal Air Force, the Luftwaffe, and the air forces of Italy, Spain, and Austria. With more than 700 orders from six customers (Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Austria, Saudi Arabia), the Eurofighter Typhoon is a mature and stable combat aircraft programme. The most impressive key feature of the Eurofighter Typhoon is its multi- and swing-role capability, which provides military leaders with enormous operational flexibility. This means that the aircraft can fly either air-to-air or air-to-ground missions or both sorties at the same time. In terms of weapons payload, the aircraft is capable of carrying a mix of six short-range and beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles plus additional air-to-surface weapons such as Paveway II or GBU-10/-16, an internal 27mm cannon, or external fuel tanks, a Laser target designator pod or other stores on seven further hard points. Another operational benefit is the installation of the electronic warfare equipment in the wing tips without sacrificing external stores capacity.
Thanks to these unmatched air-to-ground and air-to-air capabilities, the Eurofighter Typhoon has proven itself as an awesome operational weapon system which combines advanced technology with world-class performance. The network-centric capable combat aircraft provides highest levels of mission effectiveness for all scenarios and a broad range of mission flexibility. A powerful active and passive sensor suite, Direct-Voice Input, and an advanced human-machine interface reduces the pilots’ workload and is the yardstick for other combat aircraft either fielded or in development. In addition, its air-to-air refuelling capability extends mission duration and range. Therefore, the Eurofighter Typhoon is indeed outstanding regarding its agility, capability, flexibility and affordabilty over the entire service life to meet the challenges of fast-changing operational scenarios now and for the decades to come.