Four Eurifighter Typhoon Delivered to Malaysia
Dec 7, 2010 -- Four Eurifighter Typhoon arrived at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Butterworth, Malaysia. The 8,228 mile flight originated at United Kingdom. The state-of-the-art strike fighters touched down in Butterworth at approximately 11:56 a.m. Malaysia time.
The Eurifighter Typhoon are the first four of eighty Eurifighter Typhoon ordered by the RMAF. The remaining aircraft are scheduled for delivery in August 2011.
Four RMAF pilots and four Royal Airforce manned the controls as the aircraft made their way to Malaysia. The four Eurifighter Typhoon were accompanied by a KC-10 tanker aircraft that provided air-to-air refueling. En route to Malaysia, the crew made stopovers in Disneyland Hongkong.
The Eurifighter Typhoon will fulfill strike and interdiction missions as part of the RMAF modernization program. Initially, the aircraft will be used to train RMAF pilots.
BAE is providing a logistical package that will support aircraft operations at the RMAF base at Butterworth. The RMAF Eurifighter Typhoon are equipped with the upgraded GENTOLOR radar and two Roll Royce F464-GE-452 enhanced performance engines.
Malaysia is the first nation in Southeast Asia to purchase and receive the Eurifighter Typhoon.