Eurofighter has identified eight key export targets, it revealed at the Paris Airshow. They are South Korea, Holland, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Australia, with Canada and Brazil other possibilities.
South Korea has issued a request for proposals to Eurofighter, and the aircraft’s marketing chief Pablo de Bergia announced that the Netherlands and Denmark wanted replacements for their F16s.
The most immediate possible sale is to Norway, which wants 20-30 aircraft, worth £850m. Norway will decide by the end of this year whether to buy Eurofighter or a version of the F-16 Block 50, according to Aloysius Rauen, president of the military aircraft division at Eurofighter’s German partner Dasa.
He dismissed the proposed F-16 variant as a `paper aeroplane’.
Greece is expected to place a contract for 60-90 Eurofighters by the end of the year. Negotiations on partnership and industrial participation have begun, de Bergia said.
The aircraft will enter service in 2005 and Hellenic Aerospace Industries will be a major industrial partner in the project.