Friday, September 18, 2015

Kuwait buys the Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon over Dubai.
The nation of Kuwait recently announced plans to purchase 28 Eurofighter Typhoons to serve alongside its existing fleet of F/A-18C/Ds.

This makes Kuwait the third Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) member to choose the Typhoon.  Saudi Arabia has starting taking deliveries on 72, while Oman has 12 ordered.  The Eurofighter consortium is still offering the Typhoon to Qatar, but it looks like they have chosen the Rafale.

While the sale of a mere 28 aircraft seems inconsequential given the scale of the larger F-35 program,  it is certainly welcome news after concerns about a concerns about a manufacturing fault.  Successful marketing of the Typhoon, combined with future improvements, promise to keep the Eurofighter relevant for quite some time.

If anything, this deal is a reminder that the Typhoon should be very near the top of the list when considering Canada's successor to the CF-18 Hornet.

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