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Increased operational capabilities for Eurofighter Typhoon

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World Air Force News - Russia - South Korea
 
 
Increased operational capabilities for Eurofighter Typhoon.
 
Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, has successfully finalized its flight testing of the Eurofighter Typhoon Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) programme. After an intensive test programme of this First Batch of Enhancements on Instrumented Production Aircraft 4 and 7, this enhancement is confirmed to deliver a robust simultaneous multi-/swing-role capability to the Nations' Air Forces. It will be ready for the customers by the end of 2013.
     
Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, has successfully finalized its flight testing of the Eurofighter Typhoon Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) programme. After an intensive test programme of this First Batch of Enhancements on Instrumented Production Aircraft 4 and 7, this enhancement is confirmed to deliver a robust simultaneous multi-/swing-role capability to the Nations' Air Forces. It will be ready for the customers by the end of 2013.
Eurofighter Typhoon II (Photo credit: Cassdian)
 

The testing took place at Cassidian´s Military Air Systems Centers in Manching/Germany and Getafe/Spain, in cooperation with BAE Systems and Alenia Aermacchi. "The Phase 1 Enhancements will provide a significant leap in Eurofighter's operat ional capabilities. Deploying multiple weapons with attack constraints simultaneously in all weather has never been easier", said Chris Worning, Cassidians Eurofighter Project pilot.


P1E implements full Air-to-Surface c apability on Eurofighter Typhoon - including Laser Designator Pod -, full
smart bomb integration, modern secure Identification Friend or Foe (Mode 5), improved Radios and Direct Voice
Input, Air-to-Surface Helmet Mounted Sight System, improved Air-to-Air capabilities including digital integration of Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles and updated MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System) Datalink
functionalities for enhanced interoperability with Coalition Forces.


The Enhancements cover the design, development, qualification and clearance of the first major upgrade after the Main Development Contract. It is a major milestone in the development of Eurofighter Typhoon giving seamless air-to-ground integration to the weapon system and forming the baseline for further enhancements such as AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar and Meteor missile.

Photo Caption
IPA7 flying over Cassidian ´s Military Air Systems Center in Manching with Laser Designator Pod, two Supersonic Fuel Tanks, two IRIS-T Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles, four AMRAAM Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles as well as four Paveway IV bombs loaded." - Credit: Josef Gietl, Cassidian