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The logistical, cultural and organisational problems that had to be overcome to achieve this level of collaboration and co-operation are substantial and history has not been on the Eurofighter’s side. Indeed there have been many twists and turns since 1979 when the development of a new multi-role fighter was first called for, as interested parties either expressed interest or dropped out before the four partners finally came to agreement.
Many of these problems were as much political as industrial, for example, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which plunged the initial negotiations into turmoil. Nevertheless, the partners are confident they will be able to fulfil their commitments, as production is now on target. This is likely to have long term implications for future projects involving collaboration and consortia in all fields, proving that pan-European co-operation can harness expertise and deliver world beating results.
The Eurofighter project has so far proved to be a unique example of successful collaboration between companies and governments in a fiercely competitive world market for a high-technology defence product.