Eurofighter has announced that the first Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon assembled in Italy has rolled out from the Alenia Aermacchi plant at Turin-Caselle.
The Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon standard incorporates modifications such as performance enhancements and provisions for future upgrades, which Eurofighter expects will make the aircraft “more attractive to current and potential export customers”.
Alessandra Saroglia, Alenia Aermacchi Eurofighter programme manager, said: “The first Eurofighter Tranche 3 is a major stepping stone in our production programme. The aircraft embodies a number of changes with respect to previous production tranches making it even more operationally capable and also a series of provisions allowing it to take on additional capability in the future. For example, the Tranche 3 aircraft has been built with power, cooling and electronics to allow for the fitting of the new E-Scan radar.”
Under the Tranche 3A contract signed in 2009, a total of 112 aircraft have been ordered for the four European partner nations of Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with 21 aircraft bound for the Italian Air Force.