The Second Meeting of the Euro Typhoon Interoperability Project (ETIP) took place on 30th November and 1st December and was hosted by 74 Tactical Wing of the German Air Force in Neuburg AB. The Euro Typhoon Interoperability Project is a European Air Group (EAG) activity that has been chaired and coordinated by the EAG Permanent Staff since 2012. The activity includes biannual meetings and an annual VOLCANEX ETIP LIVEX, which aims to exploit and develop opportunities for improving cooperation, interoperability and standardization at squadron level among the four European nations operating the Eurofighter Typhoon (Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).
ETIP cooperation is orientated towards training and flight standardization activities, operational enhancements, logistical and maintenance initiatives and also the field of Flight Safety.
The Second Meeting mainly focused on sharing common lessons and observations stemming from the Eurofighter Typhoon operations in the Baltic Air Policing theatre (BAP) continuing the development of the ETIP Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and defining the initial framework for the next VOLCANEX ETIP LIVEX 17. In addition, the meeting provided a valuable opportunity for exchanging national views on training, operational experiences, Flight Safety and maintenance/ logistics topics.
Over the two days of the meeting, pilots and engineers from the ETIP Nations briefed their colleagues on their experiences in the BAP theatre. They also identified further measures to develop the ETIP SOPs and achieve the AGE ML1 “Compatibility Matrix“ certification, which will allow nations to enhance interoperability with an optimized logistic footprint.
The next milestone event will be the ETIP Meeting in the 1st quarter of 2017, which is scheduled to take place in the UK and will include the VOLCANEX ETIP LIVEX 17 Main Planning Conference. The LIVEX will look to exercise and validate the output from the national SMEs, with a particular focus on the Eurofighter Typhoon Operations in the BAP theatre. On the maintenance side, the Exercise will aim to further expand the familiarization of the ground crews with other nations´ Aircraft Ground Equipment (AGE) and cross-servicing and turnaround procedures.