Eurojet has been awarded a contract to continue the provision of support services for the EJ200 turbofan engine that powers the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft.
The sixth operational phase contract was awarded by the Nato Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA). It covers engine support for the four core nations of the Typhoon Programme, namely Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK.
Eurojet Turbo managing director Clemens Linden said: "It (the contract) is shaped to cover the work which is internationally required to deliver the services to the national customers by our partner companies as before.
"However, it also builds a base for direct national availability service contracts of the partner companies with their respective Nation, i.e. based on the work share and the design responsibilities of our consortium, every partner performs its international support tasks which are delivered via the national channel.
"Thus, the specialists and engineering / support capabilities of each partner is maximised to deliver international services.
"This provides best value for money respecting the economic demands of the nation’s defence budgets."
In addition, the contract is expected to enable the company to keep the price stable even as the number of engine flying hours increases. This gives a lower support price per engine flying hour that is satisfactory to both sides.
Contract work will be performed in-country by the four Eurojet partner companies, including Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, ITP, and Avio Aero, for their own country’s fleet over the next three years.
The EJ200 is a derivative of the Rolls-Royce XG-40 technology demonstrator, and a total of 1,400 engines have been ordered for the Eurofighter project in 2006.
Image: A Eurojet EJ2000 on display next to a Eurofighter Typhoon mock-up in Heldenplatz, Austria. Photo: courtesy of Burtonpe.