Eurofighter Typhoons of the Austrian Armed Forces will be securing the airspace during this week’s World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos. The organizers expect over 40 heads of state and government, as well as 2,500 other leaders from business and society to convene at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
The aircraft are supporting the airspace surveillance operation “Daedalus 2015” in Austria and contributing to the security of this prestigious conference. The World Economic Forum takes place from 21 to 24 January at the prominent ski-resort.
Alberto Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eurofighter, said: “Eurofighter Typhoons do not only ensure the daily air surveillance in Austria, but also complement the security arrangements for this high-ranking international conference in Switzerland. They stand ready day by day to secure the airspace of our worldwide customers. We are proud that Eurofighter Typhoons can demonstrate their capabilities in case of airspace violations.”
All 15 Eurofighter Typhoons stationed in Zeltweg in Styria, have undergone an upgrade programme in 2013. They have been equipped with an enhanced hardware and software so that they conform to the latest capability standard for Tranche 1 aircraft.
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft are used for Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) with six customers (Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia) seven days a week around the clock. From January 2015, four Eurofighter Typhoons of the Spanish Air Force and four aircraft of the Italian Air Force have been in use in the Baltics to secure the airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as part of the "Baltic Patrols" mission. Previously, the German Luftwaffe had four Eurofighter Typhoons stationed in Estonia and committed to policing airspace from there.
Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced new generation swing-role combat aircraft currently available on the world market. Seven nations (Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman) have already ordered the Eurofighter Typhoon. Eurofighter Typhoon is currently the largest military procurement programme in Europe.
Its high technology strengthens the position of European aerospace industry in the international market. The programme secures more than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the programme on behalf of the Eurofighter Partner Companies Finmeccanica/Alenia Aermacchi, BAE Systems and Airbus Defence and Space in Germany and Spain, which are the most important aviation and aerospace companies in Europe.
Since delivery of the first Eurofighter Typhoon to the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom at the end of 2003, a total of 427 aircraft have been delivered to six nations and over 274,000 flying hours have been achieved.