$54 million study aims to improve Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft

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$54 million study aims to improve Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft
19 June 2019
By Ed Adamczyk

A $54 million study to improve the performance of the Eurofighter Typhoon plane was announced in Paris on Wednesday. Photo by Krasimir Grozev/German air force
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June 19 (UPI) -- Members of the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter program at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday signed a $54 million contract to conduct studies to improve the aircraft.

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, Eurojet Turbo GmbH and the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency agreed to mutually support the long-term development of the combat aircraft.

The contract calls for a 19-month study of aircraft modifications and a nine-month study of adaptations of its EJ200 engine.

For the engine, range, persistence and longer component life cycles are the main areas of focus. A review of the plane will center on a redesigned cockpit with panoramic displays, high speed data networking capability, improved target data management systems and new outboard sensors.

The goal is development of a variant of the plane, built by a consortium of European companies and in service of several NATO countries since 1994, to maintain operational readiness and add to the platform's competitive edge for several decades.

"From this study we will look into operational effectiveness, interoperability and reduced costs, and fully exploit the full growth potential of the aircraft," Raffael Klaschka, head of marketing at Eurofighter GmbH marketing director, said on Wednesday.

The contract announcement comes as a mockup of the next Eurofighter plane, designed to make the Typhoon obsolete, was unveiled Monday at the air show.

Spain joined France and Germany in a project to build the next generation of fighter jets, and defense ministers from all three countries signed a framework agreement initiating their trilateral cooperation.

A prototype of the new plane is expected by 2026, with a replacement of the Typhoon and France's Rafale aircraft by 2040.


 

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Contract signed to unleash Typhoon's full potential
19 Jun 2019
Long Term Evolution contract underpins future of Typhoon.

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, EUROJET Turbo GmbH and NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency, have signed contracts together worth €53.7 million to support the long-term development of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.

The study contracts, which look at the Long Term Evolution (LTE) of the aircraft and the EJ200 engine, will span a total of 19 months for the aircraft and nine months for the engine elements.

The LTE study contracts will underpin the future of Eurofighter by identifying a suite of technology enhancements for the Weapons System infrastructure and the engine that will ensure the aircraft remains operationally effective and can continue to spearhead the Partner Nations’ air forces for the decades to come.

Herman Claesen, CEO of Eurofighter, said: “These contracts represent a significant step in shaping the future of Eurofighter and will ensure it continues to be one of the most important assets in the future operating environment.”

NETMA General Manager, General Salvestroni, said: “We are delighted to begin a new chapter in the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon. The LTE study contracts will set out a clear road map for the future of the platform that will make it relevant and resilient for decades to come.”

Andy Flynn, Typhoon Capability Delivery Director, BAE Systems – Air, said: “Typhoon is an aircraft designed to continuously evolve and today's announcement signals the next steps in realising its further potential.
“The LTE study contract backed by the strength of the Eurofighter partners will see Typhoon evolve to become the complete battlefield controller.”

The high technology areas being explored include:

  • Mission System Architecture: The Eurofighter Typhoon already has one of the world’s most advanced Electronic Warfare systems. The LTE study will reinforce this by supporting the generation, transmission and utilisation of ever-increasing amounts of digital data both on-board (via advanced multi-spectral sensors) and off board (via high performance tactical datalinks), whilst remaining resilient to new and emerging threats, including cyber. This will maintain Eurofighter’s ability to operate in the highly contested and congested future operating environment.
  • The Praetorian Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS): Looking at potential future DASS requirements out to 2050, enabling Typhoon to cope faster, easier and more affordably with new requirements to counter threats as they arise in the future.
  • The Human-Machine Interface: Refreshed cockpit displays and controls which will enable more demanding missions in the future, whilst ensuring full interoperability with cooperating assets in the air and over land and sea.
  • Operational Flexibility: Applying new adaptive power and cooling techniques and facilitating the agile integration of advanced weapons, thereby enabling more flexible store configurations to be flown.
  • Engine Performance: In terms of the EJ200 engine, the focus is on four key areas: thrust growth; range and persistence with increased parts life; survivability as well as control system enhancements.

Clemens Linden, CEO of EUROJET, said: “Together with further life extension measures and the development of a future maintenance strategy based on in-service experience, the LTE contracts are the first step towards ensuring that Eurofighter’s combat strength can be maintained and fully exploited throughout the first half of the 21st century.”

 

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