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ILA 2018: Eurofighter replacement for Tornado presented to Germany

24 April 2018
With the Luftwaffe already fielding the Eurofighter Typhoon, the type is the Ministry of Defence's preferred solution for replacing the Panavia Tornado in national service. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Airbus has formally presented its bid to replace the Luftwaffe’s Panavia Tornado combat aircraft with the Eurofighter Typhoon to the German government.

Under the bid, which was released on 24 April on the eve of the ILA Airshow in Berlin, the Eurofighter consortium would deliver additional Typhoon jets to the Luftwaffe from about 2025 for a seamless transition with the Tornado retirement planned for 2030. The Luftwaffe currently fields 130 Typhoons and 90 Tornados.

“As the Eurofighter system is already in use by Germany, this system could seamlessly adopt the capabilities of the Tornado aircraft. In addition, increased use of the same type of aircraft would result in considerable cost savings in terms of support services and training costs due to economies of scale, which would also reduce per-hour flying costs within the German armed forces,” Airbus said in a statement.

As previously reported, the Typhoon is the preferred Tornado-replacement solution for the German Ministry of Defence, with its secondary options comprising the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Boeing F-15 Eagle, and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

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