Eurofighter Typhoon Begins Air Surveillance in Austria
Hallbergmoos / Graz - As of 01 July, Eurofighter Typhoon will take over the protection of Austrian airspace under the leadership of the Joint Armed Forces Command, Graz, and the Air Surveillance Command, Wals, of the Austrian military.
The Republic of Austria became the first export customer for Eurofighter Typhoon following selection of the type in 2003. The Austrian Air Force will receive a total of 15 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft up to 2009, all of which will be stationed with the Air Surveillance squadron at Zeltweg, Steiermark.
The first of the 15 aircraft was accepted into the squadron on 12 July. In just eleven months since then, fully armed Eurofighter Typhoons have been patrolling the skies over the Austrian host stadiums during the Euro2008 football championships, securing the airspace together with other aircraft types and ground-based support, therefore guaranteeing security at the venues.
Since Entry-into-Service in Spring 2004, 147 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft have been delivered to ten units across five Air Forces. 707 weapon systems have been ordered by six nations following the 72 on order for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with deliveries due to begin in 2009. More than 47,000 flying hours have been amassed between the Air Forces and the Test and Evalution fleet (end of June 2008).