10/1/2007 - Hallbergmoos - The first Tranche II EJ200
engine made its first flight from Caselle di Torino
Airport (Italy) on September 14, 2007. The Tranche II
standard EJ200 engine was installed in the Eurofighter
IPA2 aircraft for flight testing purpose. In these
days the first phase of flight tests was completed.
During the test, the Eurofighter IPA2 aircraft carried
out supersonic flight and handling manoeuvres. The
EJ200 engine behaved perfectly during the tests and
exceeded all expectations of in-flight verifications.
For flight test purposes, a Tranche II engine was
installed in the right-hand bay of the IPA2 aircraft
in combination with a Tranche I engine in the left
bay. With these tests, the compatibility of a Tranche
II engine in a Tranche I aircraft was demonstrated.
Between November and December 2007, a second phase of
flight-testing with two Tranche II engines in a
Tranche II configured IPA2 aircraft will take place.
In this final phase, the test of the Tranche II
propulsion system installed in a Tranche II aircraft
will be completed.
Source: Eurofighter Press Release