The global fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft have passed the 500,000 flying hours mark.
The Eurofighter Typhoon has rapidly accumulated hours across the fleet, particularly in recent years, following an increase in the tempo of air policing and combat operations.
The RAF also say that they will return to the Baltic to conduct air policing next year, and also undertake the same mission in Iceland soon after.
Volker Paltzo,CEO of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said in a release:
“Passing the 500,000 flying hours milestone underscores the fact that today Eurofighter Typhoon is the backbone of NATO’s European air defence.
But, looking to future horizons, it will continue to be developed to defend against all threats for decades to come. The aircraft will play a key role in the future battlespace, and will be a central pillar in any future European combat air system, developing and integrating key technologies that will feed in to that future system.”
In a release, the RAF say:
“The RAF Typhoon Force is steadily growing. In July this year 12 Squadron reformed to operate Typhoon and next year IX(B) Squadron, which currently flies Tornado, will stand up at RAF Lossiemouth.”