EUROJET, the consortium responsible for the EJ200 engine installed in the Eurofighter Typhoon, today signed the sixth Operational Phase contract with the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) to provide continued EJ200 engine support over the next 3 years.
The contract, signed in Munich, between Air Vice Marshal Graham Farnell OBE, General Manager of NETMA, and Clemens Linden, Managing Director of EUROJET Turbo GmbH, covers engine support for the four core nations of the Eurofighter Typhoon Programme, the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. The work will be performed in-country by the four partner companies of the EUROJET consortium, Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, ITP and Avio Aero, respectively, for their own nation’s fleet.
Commenting on the finalisation of the contract Graham Farnell stated: “This contract signature marks an important step towards the future, assuring support of the Typhoon fleets for uninterrupted operations and including savings that will underpin confidence in our ambition to continuously improve the Future Support Concept of this fantastic engine”.
Mr. Linden expounded: "We are very pleased to sign this contract, since we are entering into a new support phase of the programme with stable, but demanding operations of the Air Forces. It is shaped to cover the work which is internationally required to deliver the services to the national Customers by our partner companies as before, but it also builds a base for direct national availability service contracts of the partner companies with their respective Nation, i.e. based on the work share and the design responsibilities of our consortium every partner performs its international support tasks which are delivered via the national channel. Thus, the specialists and engineering / support capabilities of each partner is maximised to deliver international services. This provides best value for money respecting the economic demands of the Nation’s defence budgets. Moreover we were able to keep the price stable whilst the number of engine flying hours increase. Subsequently, this gives a lower support price per engine flying hour which is to the satisfaction of both parties."