The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the last of its Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 multirole combat aircraft into service, with the announcement on 27 September that deliveries from BAE Systems Warton have been concluded.
Delivery of the final Tranche 3 aircraft brings to an end a production run of 160 Typhoons for the RAF that began in 2003.
The RAF fields eight Typhoon units with 1 (Fighter), 2 (Army Cooperation), 6, and 9 (Bomber) squadrons based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland; and 3 (Fighter), 11 (Fighter), and 12 (Bomber) squadrons based at RAF Coningsby in England. There is also a permanent detachment (1435 Flight) located on the Falkland Islands.
As noted by BAE Systems, with RAF production now concluded, the line will begin work on 22 aircraft for Qatar, with deliveries to begin in 2022. Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) for 48 additional aircraft in March, although production details have not been disclosed. BAE Systems and its partners are engaged in a number of ongoing tenders for additional orders around the world.
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