Eurofighter GmbH Signs EUR 600+M, 5-year Support Contract for Italy
On Nov 17/09, Eurofighter GmbH signed a 5-year contract with NETMA (NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency) to provide operational support for the Italian Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon fleet. This Integrated Supply Chain Management Service (ISCMS) contract is worth over EUR 600 million. Thus far, Italy has ordered a total of 96 Eurofighters (28 Tranche-1, 47 Tranche-2, and 21 Tranche-3A) to serve as its primary air superiority fighter, with secondary strike capabilities on some newer models.
Eurofighter GmbH CEO Enzo Casolini described the Aeronautica Militare’s ISCMS service as similar to Britan’s Typhoon Availability Service model, which revolves around performance based on availability rates, rather than hours worked or parts consumed. ISCMS will include equipment availability, repair of general systems equipment, provision of spares, and the maintenance of aircraft ground equipment. A separate performance-based contract with BAE covers the Italian Typhoon fleet’s CAPTOR radars and DASS defensive systems.
The ISCMS contract will support the Italian Air Force at the air bases of Grosseto, Gioia del Colle; and at the main logistic base of 1st RMV, Reparto Manutenzione Velivoli of Cameri. Work will be led by Eurofighter consortium partner Finmeccanica, who will undertake the job on behalf of Eurofighter GmbH using its subsidiaries Alenia Aeronautica, SELEX Galileo, SELEX Communications; and the firm ELETTRONICA SpA Finmeccanica release [PDF].