Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug (English: Eurofighter military aircraft) GmbH is a multinational company set up in 1986 to oversee the design and manufacture of the Eurofighter Typhoon, a multirole fighter jet currently in service with the Royal Air Force, German Air Force, Italian Air Force and Spanish Air Force, amongst others. Headquartered in Hallbergmoos, Germany, Eurofighter GmbH is comprised of aerospace contractors from four of the project’s partner nations: Germany, Spain, the UK and Italy. It is 46 percent controlled by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space company, with that share further divided into a 33% stake to Germany’s EADS Deutschland GmbH and a 13% stake held by Spain’s EADS CASA. Britain’s BAE Systems also hold a third of the company, with the remaining 21% in the hands of Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica. The company has produced over 340 Eurofighter Typhoons to date.
Eurofighter GmbH’s sole customer is the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), an agency set up to represent the interests of Eurofighter’s partner nations. NETMA’s initial purchase contract was signed in 1996. This model of purchase, with European partner nations combining to produce and manage a joint-effort fighter jet, was developed for the highly successful Panavia Tornado. However, the projects differ slightly in that the Tornado had a pan-European airframe but ran on British-made engines, while the engines for the Eurofighter are also made as part of a European collaboration. EuroJet Turbo GmbH is the sole manufacturer for the Eurofighter’s EJ200 turbofan engines, and – like Eurofighter GmbH – is made up of companies from Eurofighter’s partner nations: Britain’s Rolls-Royce, Italy’s Avio, Spain’s ITP and Germany’s MTU Aero Engines. However, fitting the Eurofighter’s engines after construction remains the responsibility of Eurofighter GmbH.
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