Procurement: October 12, 2002


EADS (the European aircraft consortium) scored its second export success for the Eurofighter Typhoon when Austria ordered 18 (with options for six more). But the success was costly; EADS had to agree to buy $5.4 billion worth of Austrian products (including putting Austria into the business of making parts for Airbus and Typhoon) in order to get the $1.8 billion deal. Typhoon's only other success was in Greece, which is unhappy with its deal and plans to reopen negotiations and may switch to an American or Russian fighter.--Stephen V Cole


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