NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency, signed a contract worth close to €300 million with Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH to work on the capability evolution of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.
The Consolidation Package Step Two and Three, Phase 1 Contract’s most important elements include Typhoon capability enhancements when operating the Meteor beyond-visual-range, air-to-air missile, with the capability implementation being transferred from the current M-Scan to the new E-Scan radar.
The package also includes improvements to Brimstone precision air-to-surface operations on Typhoon, along with adaptations to the cockpit display formats; interoperability enhancements through development of the MIDS Link 16, radio; and further improvements towards its Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS).
This contract is designed to satisfy the different requirements of the four core Nations customers and will equally benefit export customers, creating a consistent harmonised package as the baseline for ongoing capability development.
“This package of developments makes the weapon system performance more effective and versatile for our end users, with improvements to individual capabilities being rolled out across the whole fleet of M-Scan and E-Scan aircraft,” Herman Claesen, CEO of Eurofighter.
The capability development activity will primarily take place within the four Eurofighter Partner Companies — BAE Systems, Airbus Germany, Airbus Spain and Leonardo — but with significant aspects being undertaken within the wider supply base, most specifically EuroRadar and EuroDASS.