It is a matter of concern for an aircraft manufacturer when one of the richest countries in the world declares its fighter is too expensive to operate. But then Austria is a something of a special case. Critics generally agree that the landlocked neutral state probably never really needed the 15 Eurofighter Typhoons it ordered in 2003. In Austrian hands, the advanced multirole fighter, originally designed to tackle the latest Russian threats, has been relegated to an interceptor role, with ...

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