First Eurofighter Delivered to Austria
Today, the first Eurofighter aircraft has been delivered to Austria. The aircraft AS001 successfully deployed to its new home base at Zeltweg, Styria, where it formally entered service in the Air Force. With the Eurofighter the Armed Forces will operate one of the most advanced multi-role fighters available. In Austria, however, they will be used as interceptors only.
Following old traditions, the plane was greeted by a brass band and with an arch of water from the airbase's firefighters. Lieutenant General Günter Höfler, Commander of the Joint Forces Command, stated in his speech, that the Forces welcomed the new aircraft with pride and joy. Höfler: "In the future, we will be ready to professionally and efficiently secure our airspace."
More to Come
In total, the Air Force will receive 15 aircraft. The first flight of the second jet, AS002, took place at Manching, Germany, on 9 July, while aircraft AS003 through AS006 are in the final assembly process. AS001 is the 125th Eurofighter to be delivered to the now five customer Air Forces in Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Austria.