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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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Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for Kuwait and Qatar will incorporate an advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that is claimed to be the most advanced in the world.
Jon Lake reports.


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In April 2016, Eurofighter and Finmeccanica (now Leonardo) signed an $8.7 billion contract with Kuwait for the delivery of 28 aircraft, including six two-seat trainers, from 2019.

Qatar then signed a contract with the UK for 24 aircraft in December 2017, with deliveries due to start in 2022.

The aircraft now being built for delivery will be more advanced than those for the British RAF, the German Luftwaffe, the Italian AMI, and Spain’s Ejército del Aire.

The Kuwaiti and Qatari Typhoons will have sensors and weapons that are not in service with the partner nation air forces, including the Lockheed Martin Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP).

While the four “core nations” have conspicuously failed to sign up to acquire an AESA radar, Kuwait and Qatar have insisted that their aircraft will incorporate this vital technology. Eurofighter GmbH and the partner companies have worked to ensure that the phase 3B enhancement (P3EB) package is compatible with the new electronically scanned (E-scan) Captor-E radar in its initial radar one plus baseline production standard.

The Euroradar consortium (Leonardo, Hensoldt and Indra) has secured production build contracts for 28 E-scan radars from Eurofighter/Leonardo Aircraft, as the prime contractor for Kuwait, and for 24 radars from BAE Systems, as the prime contractor for Qatar.

Captor-E is something of a hybrid, having a conventional E-scan array mounted on a rotating mechanical swashplate repositioner. This increases its angle of regard from about +/-60° on each side of the centreline to greater than 90°, meaning that a fighter can ‘crank’ or turn away harder after launching a BVR missile, making it less vulnerable to a return missile shot, while still using its radar to provide mid-course updates for the missile fired.

The Captor-E radar has flown on test aircraft at BAE Systems Warton and Airbus Defence and Space in Manching, using production-standard software. It passed its critical design review (CDR) exactly on schedule and the design has been frozen, while software is still being developed and matured through flight-testing.

Leonardo sources are confident that deliveries to the prime contractors will allow the radar to be fully integrated with the Eurofighter weapons system in plenty of time to ensure that the Kuwaiti and Qatari Typhoons will have an E-scan radar fitted from day one.

The full operational capability of the Captor-E will be delivered as part of the next stage of enhancements for the Typhoon, known as P4E, from about 2021.

• Meanwhile, Mark Hewer, Leonardo’s vice president for the integrated mission solutions business area, has said that the company’s rapidly reprogrammable electronic warfare (EW) systems provide tactical aircraft with the best possible protection in a dynamic and changing threat environment.

Hewer believes that agile, evolving EW systems, typified by Leonardo’s open/reprogrammable EW suite for the Typhoon, represent a kind of
‘digital stealth’, and that they confer a hitherto unknown degree of survivability.

The Typhoon’s EW system is undergoing a continuous evolution, with regular upgrades to the hardware and a spiral software development process.

Having open/reprogrammable mission data makes the integration of new EW system elements easier and more effective, allowing Typhoon to better exploit the capabilities offered by the new BriteCloud decoy, for example.

Mission data allows the right threat intelligence (including threat vulnerabilities) to be loaded into the system. It is used to interpret the information that the sensors receive, predicting a threat system’s behaviours and vulnerabilities.

Hewer believes that reprogrammable mission data represents a major competitive advantage for Leonardo, and for the Typhoon.
“There’s no point in directing your electronic counter-measure (ECM) if it is going to be ineffective against that threat because you’re not exploiting its vulnerabilities,” he pointed out.
 

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I think they are working on it.
Ok, PAF, Subcontinent aside,

Why is UAEAF not in a procurement mood ? All we see are F-16s and M2Ks (Given upgrades), You guys can have the best in the form of Rafale, Why not ?
SU-35 talks also vanished, No F-35s either.
 

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Ok, PAF, Subcontinent aside,

Why is UAEAF not in a procurement mood ? All we see are F-16s and M2Ks (Given upgrades), You guys can have the best in the form of Rafale, Why not ?
SU-35 talks also vanished, No F-35s either.
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