Eurofighter Typhoon Flies E-Scan Antenna
(Source: Eurofighter GmbH; issued May 10, 2007)
HALLBERGMOOS, Germany --- Eurofighter Typhoon has demonstrated its potential for introduction of new capabilities with the first flight of a Eurofighter aircraft carrying an electronically scanning radar antenna, using Development Aircraft Five (DA5) on 8 May flying from EADS Military Air Systems' Manching facility, Germany.

DA5 has recently been retired from the main Eurofighter Development programme, its primary work completed and future development activities now being focused on Instrumented Production Aircraft. During its earlier programmes DA5 had been the principle test aircraft for the CAPTOR radar currently in service in Typhoon, and was therefore ideally suited to trial the new antenna.

The Euroradar consortium of EADS Defence Electronics (Germany), SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems (United Kingdom), Galileo Avionica (Italy) and INDRA (Spain) had previously tested the antenna in ground rigs and flown it in a BAC 1-11 trials aircraft. This was the first opportunity which had arisen to allow the radar to be trialed in flight fitted into a Typhoon aircraft.

Eurofighter GmbH and the NATO Eurofighter Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) had agreed to use DA5 for this series of antenna test flights, using funding provided by the German Procurement Agency BWB through NETMA. Eurofighter GmbH managed the international clearance process and together with EADS Military Air Systems, resolved life extension issues on certain components in DA5. Support throughout the duration of the trials is being provided by EADS and Eurojet as well as Eurofighter GmbH and its partner companies.

The new antenna emphasises and demonstrates the policy of continuous capability enhancement in the Eurofighter programme, and production embodiment of this feature could be available for Tranche 3 or as a retrofit in Tranche 2 aircraft. While maintaining the excellent performance features of the CAPTOR radar, the new antenna provides a significant reduction in operating costs as well as certain performance enhancements, and can be readily fitted as a replacement for the current antenna with no significant aircraft modification.

The accumulated data from the trials programme of three flights will be assessed and evaluated on ground rigs of the Euroradar consortium, and will be an input to customer considerations on the future development and operation of their Eurofighter Typhoon fleets.

To date 119 Eurofighter Typhoon have been delivered. The nations' fleets have accumulated 18,870 flight hours by end April 2007, the industry test fleet is close to the 5,100 hours mark. (ends)



CAESAR Completes Flight Trials on Eurofighter
(Source: Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems; issued May 10, 2007)
EDINBURGH, Scotland --- The Euroradar CAESAR active electronically scanned array (AESA) variant of the successful CAPTOR radar system has successfully completed a flight test programme in the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The flights were conducted by EADS from the Manching facility in Germany.

The CAESAR (Captor Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar) system is an AESA radar demonstrator developed and funded by the Euroradar consortium consisting of - SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems (S&AS), Galileo Avionica of Italy, EADS Defence Electronics of Germany and INDRA of Spain. CAESAR enables AESA capability to be fully exploited, while retaining all features and capabilities of the original CAPTOR radar system.

Installation and flight testing in the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft was completed under a funded programme from the German government. Completion of this successful flight programme on the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is the culmination of four years cooperative work between the major European radar suppliers and Eurofighter industries.

The functionality of CAESAR had been comprehensively demonstrated in ground tests and in flights on a BAC1-11 test bed that took place in November 2006, and is, designed to be fully compatible with the installation in Eurofighter Typhoon.

The successful flights in Eurofighter prove the high level of technology readiness of the AESA upgrade of the Captor radar as well as the ease of integration into the complex avionics system.

Euroradar’s Board of Directors (BoD) Chairman Andrew Cowdery said: This is a very important achievement of Euroradar having successfully proven the technology, Euroradar is now ready to take the CAESAR upgrade package to a fully productionised standard."

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