Eurofighter sees strong demand for fighter jet market


European consortium Eurofighter expects the global combat aircraft export market to reach 800 units in 20 years, and it expects to deliver 250 of those planes, said a senior executive.

Eurofighter, a four-nation consortium of EADS, representing Germany and Spain, Britain’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Finmeccanica is in the race for an US$11 billion Indian contract for 126 fighter jets, one of the largest export orders in the history of defence.

It is competing with Saab’s JAS-39 Gripen, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault’s Rafale, Lockheed’s F-16 and Russia’s MiG-35 to win the fighter contract, Reuters reports.
“India and other nations in Asia are important markets for combat aircraft,” Enzo Casolini, chief executive of Eurofighter, said in a statement issued at India’s biennial air show.
“All nations are watching closely how India is running this tough competition and will evaluate the final result in every detail,” he said.