HC Deb 04 November 2003 vol 412 c620W
Mr. Jenkin

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent technical difficulties have been encountered in the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon; and when he expects the aircraft to enter operational service with the RAF. [134461]

Mr. Ingram

Following a minor malfunction of the aircraft's landing gear computer during a test flight in Germany on 9 October, all Typhoon flying has been suspended as a precautionary measure while the problem is investigated and rectified. This work is progressing and we hope to resume flying and the acceptance of aircraft into RAF service shortly. Typhoon remains on schedule to become operationally deployable in the second half of the decade.