The first single-seat instrumented production Eurofighter (IPA4) has completed 500 hours of flight at the Cassidian Spain facility at Getafe, near Madrid. This aircraft pioneers the most advanced technology within the Eurofighter programme for acceptance and subsequent entry into service with the national air forces, following a functional upgrade from the original Tranche 1 standard to the more modern Tranche 2.
This may serve as a model for the possible upgrade of the Tranche 1 fleets currently in service with the nations, and substantially increases the aircraft’s capabilities.
Test plans include the in-flight verification of the communication functionalities and the MIDS data link system which exchanges information with other parts of the combat scenario network, as well as integration trials and the launching of air to surface weapons.
Enrique Barrientos, CEO of Cassidian Spain and a member of the Eurofighter Board of Directors, remarked: “This is a new milestone for the Eurofighter programme in Spain, marking the development of new system capabilities for the benefit of our customers”.
Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced new generation real multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft available on the market and has been ordered by six nations (Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). With 707 aircraft under contract, it is Europe’s largest military collaborative programme and delivers leading-edge technology, strengthening Europe’s aerospace industry in the global competition.
More than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies are secured by the programme. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the programme on behalf of the Eurofighter Partner Companies: Alenia Aeronautica/Finmeccanica, BAE Systems, EADS CASA and EADS Deutschland, Europe’s foremost aerospace companies with a total turnover of approx. € 120 billion (2009).
Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2009, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of EUR 5.4 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising the Divisions Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of EUR 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.