connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5542 times:
I wouldn't sweat the Austrian deal too much, it was pretty small (15 frames maybe?). The real op for doing the nasty in the sales area would be for India's MMRCA program, something like 126 a/c involved. And maybe Japan.
12 actually. The initial order was for 15 airframes, but changes in the political structure of Austria had almost led to the whole order being cancelled - until someone worked out that the penalties alone would cost the country more than the aircraft themselves. A deal was then agreed with EADS for a reduction to 12 airframes. Our Austrian friends will be able to fill in many more details on the whole issue .
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31800 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4166 times:
Quoting wvsuperhornet (Reply 7): The troubles with the F-35 program this may have to be a viable options for the aussie's. I don't blame them if they woud look elsewhere, I wish the US would do the same.
While the Air-to-Ground role of the Eurofighter is maturing, Australia already operates the F/A-18 and F/A18F so I would expect them to add more F/A-18Fs should they decide to dance their F-35A order.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7973 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3880 times:
Austria's test pilots did like Typhoon best and suggested the acquisition of Saab's Gripen purely for financial reasons, knowing very well that Austria doesn't really need a fighter like the EF Typhoon. Perhaps some people got bribed, but the pilots are certainly happy.