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Eurofighter Continues to Evolve European Fighter Industry

Eurofighter is pivotal in fostering the fighter industry in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. It has created skills, resources, assets, and industrial capability to design, produce, test and deliver fighter aircraft, involving over 400 companies and supporting around 100,000 jobs. 
In an interview, Eurofighter CEO Giancarlo Mezzanatto said: “The programme represents a path to the future for the European fighter industry and, in turn, strengthens an independent European defence policy.” Excerpts:
Can you briefly discuss your vision for Eurofighter and whether that has changed during your first six months as CEO?
I may have adjusted the tactics, but certainly, my vision for Eurofighter has not changed. Typhoon remains the backbone of European defence and a fundamental asset for core customers in the new military reality following the invasion of Ukraine. The vision is to keep Typhoon effective for another 30 to 40 years, ensuring its capabilities and technologies are able to operate in new battle scenarios and to be fully interoperable with other NATO assets.
What have been your strategic priorities, and how do these align with your long-term vision for the programme?
My priorities have included delivering the 10-year Capability Plan endorsed by the last Ministerial Meeting, designing the Typhoon’s future to maintain operational relevance, providing first-class logistic support to customers, and supporting campaigns to sell additional aircraft and expand our customer base.
The first two are linked to our long-term vision. The third is essential to fulfil our mission to deliver an operational advantage to our customers in Europe and the Middle East. 
During your short time as CEO, what have been your initial impressions of the state of the industry?
The collaboration of the four Partner Companies remains very strong, as does the will to find common solutions to meet requirements.
Moreover, the collaboration with the NATO agency NETMA, in the so-called Munich campus, is stronger than ever, and we are working on the same 10-year plan with the Core Nations and our Partner Companies.
We are also strengthening the collaboration with the entire supply chain to ensure it is ready to sustain the development of the platform and production orders.
With new programmes, the shortage of skilled resources in critical disciplines, like avionics, HMI, weapon integration and others, might become an issue. This needs smart management to pave the way for developing a new generation of highly skilled engineers. 
What do you believe sets Eurofighter apart from its competitors, and how well placed is it to maintain or even enhance its competitive edge?
Air superiority plays an essential role in any battle space, and this is where Typhoon can really stand out. With its air-to-air capabilities, thanks to Beyond Visual Range missiles like Meteor, and enhanced by an E-SCAN radar equipped with an Antenna re-positioner, Typhoon is extremely powerful.
It has already proved to be the most advanced European swing-role platform able to perform air-to-air and air-to-surface roles on the same mission. Future developments will include more powerful sensors with electronic attack capabilities, while the DASS system will enhance its survivability in contested scenarios.
The long-term evolution of Typhoon will exploit increased data processing capacities and the evolution of the cockpit, and the Striker II helmet will provide pilots with new display technologies and improved situational awareness.
What are the geopolitical changes or market trends that will have the most impact on Eurofighter in the coming years, and how, in your view, will the business respond?
The war in Ukraine has completely changed the geopolitical picture. Countries on the Eastern flank of NATO are increasing their defence budgets and aiming to modernise their defences. 
Within NATO, conducting combined operations continues to grow. Consequently, interoperability and communications have become essential requirements. Eurofighter GmbH and its Partner Companies stand ready to offer Typhoon capabilities to potential customers. 
By exhibiting at the Dubai Air Show, how important is the Middle East for Eurofighter?
About 20 per cent of the Eurofighter orders come from Middle East countries. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman are important customers. Eurofighter Nations and Partner Companies are developing real partnerships, and we consider the Middle East a key market with real future opportunities.
Participation at the Dubai Air Show shows the commitment of Eurofighter GmbH and Partner Companies to support Middle East customers and to strengthen collaboration in the future.

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