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Typhoon Tranche 3 Deal Could Clear Path for AESA
Two months after taking up the job—barring a last-minute funk in London—the new Eurofighter chief will sign a Tranche 3 production deal, an agreement his predecessor had been trying to secure for more than a year.
Warnings of spiraling costs resulting from a production gap—in case of no agreement by early 2009—have proved premature. Senior management from Eurofighter partner-company BAE Systems has always been privately sanguine that obtaining consensus by the third quarter of 2009 would still avoid a halt in the production lines.