Kuwait signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Rome on September 11 for the acquisition of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons, comprising 22 single-seat and six twin-seat aircraft. A final contract is expected to be signed later this year. They will be bought through a government-to-government deal with Italy.
Alenia Aermacchi, the Italian industry partner in the Eurofighter programme, had been leading the efforts to sell the Typhoon to Kuwait for some time. This is the first export success for the type since a 12-aircraft order from the Sultanate of Oman was signed in December 2012.
They are expected to be the first export variants with the new airborne electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Deliveries from Tranche 3 production are expected to begin in 2019. The Eurofighter Typhoon now has commitments for a total of 599 aircraft and since entry into service of the first aircraft at the end of 2003, 444 have been delivered to six nations: Austria, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The type is currently in service with 22 operational units and the whole fleet has completed more than 300,000 flying hours worldwide to date. Alan Warnes