In the early 1980s, several European countries, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, were all on the lookout for indigenous aircraft they could use to replace their existing fleets when they reached obsolescence. Above all else, the countries desired a highly maneuverable aircraft instead of missile-equipped interceptors, able to handle any combat situation thrown at it and come out as good as new. Amid disputes, squabbles, and an endless amount of political disagreements emerged the excellent EF2000, now known universally as the Eurofighter Typhoon. It continues to serve with distinction under both European and Saudi Arabian colours, and countries such as Japan and India have shown interest. The Typhoon, arguably the greatest fighter in service other than the F-22, is certainly a prime example of European innovation.