First deliveries to Jagdbombergeschwader 31 â€œBoelckeâ€
The German Air Forceâ€™s Jagdbombergeschwader 31 â€œBoelckeâ€ has received today its first four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The Eurofighter Typhoons have been handed over in a ceremony at the Wingâ€™s base, NÃ¶rvenich, in North Rhine Westphalia and will replace the Tornados today in service with the Wing by the end of June 2010.
The JaboG 31 â€œBoelckeâ€ is the first Luftwaffe unit to use the Eurofighter Typhoon in an air-to-ground role. The Wingâ€™s aircraft â€“ currently running initial operations in cooperation with Training Fighter Wing 73 â€œSteinhoffâ€ â€“ is expected to be fully operational with all weather GBU-48 laser-guided bombs and the Laser Designator Pod by 2012.
The Fighter Bomber Wing 31 â€œBoelckeâ€ is the third German Air Force Squadron equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon. Fighter Wing 73 â€œSteinhoffâ€ based in Laage-Rostock, in northern Germany, received its first aircraft in May 2004 and the Fighter Wing 74 in Neuburg â€“Donau, based in southern Germany, in July 2006.