Germany freezes delivery of Typhoon fighters

Germany's Ministry of Defense has frozen deliveries of Typhoon fighters because of a problem with fuselage bolt holes.
By Richard Tomkins  |  Oct. 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM
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BONN, Germany, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Germany's Air Force is temporarily halting the delivery of Eurofighter Typhoon jets because of technical problems with the combat aircraft.

Notice of the delivery freeze was announced Tuesday by the Ministry of Defense.

Germany currently has 33 of the aircraft still on order from Eurofighter, the holding company for a consortium comprised of Britain's BAE Systems, Italy's Finmeccanica and the multinational corporation Airbus.

Eurofighter said the flaw concerns four holes drilled for bolts that attach the plane's fins to the rear fuselage. The flaw was discovered on the assembly line and does not poses a flight-safety hazard.

"...there are no operational or life-time limitations to the Eurofighter Typhoon," it said in a news release. "A way forward to deliver further aircraft is in discussion with the customers who have already been notified."

A total of 446 Typhoons have been delivered since 2003 to six countries: Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. Oman ordered the Typhoon in 2012.

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