Thats unlikely. The UK and Italy own 54% of Eurofighter GmbH. They call the shots. Airbus has 46%.
Jensy wrote:Last time I checked Airbus D&S still had a further 72 for the UK on its order books.
The 72 for the UK were transferred to Saudi Arabia.
Was that ever officially agreed by all the countries in place of the original obligations?
Tranche 3b appeared to have been conveniently and quickly forgotten about by the EF partner Governments as the recession hit. I thought it might come back one day in the form of demands for government subsidies once the order pipeline ran dry.
We definitely have a strong standing in the company but at the governmental level things are always a lot more complicated. The Brexit environment does not give us a great negotiating position.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:- SETTING THIS INTO THE "RADAR CONTEXT"
- that is where the Tempest & Eurofighter have now, officially, parted ways
... still the "same" planes. BUT come 2035?
I think that process has been a long time coming. Until now it has been down to the different air forces' priorities.
Now the shift towards the different next Gen tribes will probably speed this split up. Could we start to see Italy and Britain getting a Gripen flavoured Typhoon, with the Germans and Spanish aircraft speaking with a French accent, who knows?
So long as there are two European, next-gen fighters, the Typhoon is always going to have an awkward middle age.