October 1, 2014 / 11:10 AM / 5 years ago

Austria says Eurofighter has part problem

VIENNA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Routine checks detected a problem with a part on Eurofighter fuselages that reduces the life of the component by two-thirds, Austria’s armed forces said on Wednesday.

The problem was reported in August by the manufacturer and is supposed to be remedied in modifications now under way, it said in a statement. It did not identify the manufacturer of the part for the jets, which are made by Airbus Group.

The Eurofighter is built by a consortium of four European nations: Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain. Its fuselage is made by Premium Aerotec, a Germany-based subsidiary of Airbus Group. A spokesman for the aerospace structures supplier was unavailable for comment.

“The flight safety of the Eurofighter is not currently affected,” the Austrian military said of its fleet of 15 such fighters.

The problem arises from weak spots at the rear of the fuselage, and reduces the expected life of the part to 2,000 flight hours from 6,000, it said. That means it take 15 years before it had affected the planes. (Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Larry King)

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