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Eurofighter Typhoon DA1 - Air-to-Air Refuelling.

Hallbergmoos, Germany, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurofighter GmbH has carried out in-flight refuelling trails with a Eurofighter Typhoon Development Aircraft (DA1) and a B707 tanker aircraft of the Spanish Air Force. The trials were undertaken by EADS CASA in Spain.

During the flight test a range of approach manoeuvres were performed and the aircraft simulated different flight conditions. The docking manoeuvres were achieved perfectly in all cases and fulfilled the test requirements. The test was carried out in a specifically controlled air space at 15,000 feet. Similar tests were carried out last year using a Spanish Air Force tanker aircraft - Hercules KC130H.

Within the development programme one of the objectives of the flight tests is to evaluate the Eurofighter Typhoon's behaviour and performance during in-flight refuelling operations.

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High Resolution images of Eurofighter Typhoon DA1 during In Flight Refuelling can be downloaded from our web site. Hard Copy images are available on request.

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- Notes to editors:

The Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced swing-role combat aircraft, developed by the leading aerospace companies, Alenia Aeronautica, BAE SYSTEMS and EADS, of the four partner countries, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Eurofighter Typhoon features unrivalled technology, designed for the defence needs of the 21st Century.

Agile and highly manoeuvrable, the twin-engine Eurofighter Typhoon is designed to operate from hastily prepared bases and small runways for worldwide operations. It is equipped with an advanced multi-mode radar and an extensive range of sensors and electronic countermeasures.

The aircraft's ability to gain air superiority beyond visual range (BVR) and in close combat, and at the same time deliver high sortie rates against air, naval and ground targets in all weathers with a variety of weapons, demands close attention to pilot workload. In Eurofighter the pilot flies through use of a computerised flight control system, which offers full carefree handling.

A strong emphasis has been placed on reducing cost of ownership in addition to outstanding performance and flight safety. Eurofighter Typhoon is less expensive to run than the generation of aircraft it is designed to replace.

The Eurofighter partner nations plan to take delivery of 620 aircraft: 180 for Germany, 121 for Italy, 87 for Spain and 232 for the United Kingdom.

The first four Series Production Aircraft recently joined the flight clearance programme following maiden flights in February 2003. This follows first flights of three Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) in April 2002. Following Type Acceptance on 30 June, 2003, deliveries to the four partner nations will commence.

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence has agreed an industrial participation programme with Eurofighter GmbH for the future enhancement of the weapon system. Eurofighter Typhoon has also been selected by Greece and Austria to meet their respective requirements for a future fighter.

Ian Bustin, Vice-President Communications

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