Airbus Touts Eurofighter Typhoon to Indonesia

The Eurofighter Consortium will be showcasing the Eurofighter Typhoon, one of the world’s most advanced fast-jet fighters, at Indo Defence because it believes the jet is probably the best solution for Indonesia at this particular time of its development.

Eurofighter sees Indonesia as a progressive country on the verge of an economic take-off. It is for this reason that Eurofighter has adopted the theme of ‘Indonesia Lepas Landas’ (‘Indonesia Ready for Take-off’) – a phrase familiar to many Indonesians and one which symbolizes optimism and belief in a positive and prosperous future – for the consortium’s exhibition at this year’s Indo Defence.

Alberto Gutierrez, the CEO of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH said: “This week, at Indo Defence, key decision-makers will concentrate on one essential aspect of securing Indonesia’s future – optimizing investment decisions around defence capability. For this, and for future generations, it’s a massive responsibility.

“The Eurofighter consortium recognizes the importance of this challenge. And this week, for the first time, the consortium will be showcasing a unique opportunity for the people of Indonesia,” he said.

Eurofighter comes to Asia offering the opportunity for Indonesia to fully engage with a program it believes can deliver air superiority; enhanced indigenous capability, skills transfer and the foundations for decades of even stronger performance in the military aerospace industry.

“Everyone, when competing for business, will say how wonderful their product is, how fast, how powerful, how versatile it is – and yes we can, and will, make the strongest of claims around the capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon,” said Gutierrez.

“But we are chiefly here to emphasize that, in a country which we know is focused on infrastructure and capability development, we have an even deeper offer to make. We have the experience and track record to demonstrate that, if Indonesia were to opt for a Eurofighter solution, the benefits to the Nation would go far beyond the important and vital issue of national security, they would extend across a wide range of other areas too – and, in terms of increasing intellect and achieving a return on investment, we know how much that matters.”

The Eurofighter CEO said: “Safeguarding the islands of Indonesia is a massive undertaking. In terms of airpower you need an asset that is fast, can fly high, has staying power and which is versatile and reliable enough to effortlessly take on a number of key roles. We believe the Eurofighter Typhoon is that asset.

“Crucially, we also recognize that it is important to foster and develop indigenous capability. We know that to do that you need to be freely able to transfer know-how and develop your own highly-skilled workforce which can play a key part in enhancing and developing capability over future generations. We understand that’s the fundamental ethos behind ‘Indonesia Lepas Landas’ – it’s that indefinable ‘sparkle’ in a nation’s eye.”

The CEO said that the Eurofighter consortium, whose core partners are supported by four key European nations, Spain, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom, is ready to work as needed with the Indonesian aerospace industry on developing indigenous capability – but he added that, in the shorter term Eurofighter is willing to discuss and develop ways in which immediate requirements are met.

“We have already delivered a total of 418 aircraft to six of our customers and we are in the process of preparing deliveries for a seventh,” said Alberto. “This, and our existing production capability and capacity across four countries means we can discuss a number of options in terms of what we could offer.”

The CEO said it was “too early” to go into detail about what those options might be, but added that there have “already been a number of useful meetings” between interested parties.

The Spanish-born Alberto Gutierrez became Chief Executive Officer of the German-based Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH consortium after leaving his parent company Airbus Defence and Space just over a year ago.

Airbus is already active in Indonesia working closely with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) the Indonesian state owned enterprise who supply and manufacture parts for a number of key program – both civil and military.

Background Information on the Eurofighter Program
Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced new generation multi-role/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 program in Europe.

Its high technology strengthens the position of European aerospace industry in the international market. The program secures more than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies.
Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the program on behalf of the Eurofighter Partner Companies 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 end of 2003, a total of 418 aircraft have been delivered to six nations. The Eurofighter fleet continues to demonstrate its high operational effectiveness in international missions and training exercises and has accumulated more than 260,000 flying hours.


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