Typhoon Paveway IV Integration Team Scores Multiple Successes in June
(Source: Raytheon UK; issued July 7, 2009)
The Eurofighter IPA 7 test aircraft taking part in Paveway IV compatibility trials. The aircraft was loaded with six Paveway IV bombs, four medium-range and two short-range air-to-air missiles. (Raytheon UK photo)
HARLOW --- A Raytheon Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb was successfully released for the first time, on 18 June, from the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighter in support of Stores Release & Jettison trials.

The Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL)/ BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon Integration Team provided significant support in supplying and clearing the Paveway™ IV ballistic rounds for these trials.

A total of 15 releases are planned in the very near future to evaluate the safe Release & Jettison envelope in different aircraft store configurations, attitudes and speeds. The releases are part of the ongoing Eurofighter Typhoon Phase 1 Enhancements programme.

Additionally, on the 9 June the team successfully completed “Gunfire Vibration Trials” involving the live firing of the Typhoon’s MauserWerke BK-27 cannon (mounted internally in the fuselage, forward of the starboard wing) and carriage of six Raytheon Paveway IV inert Precision Guided Bombs. Four of the six Paveway IVs were specially developed Environmental Test Rounds, designed to collect on-weapon and aircraft recorded shock and vibration data in order to characterise the payload configuration.

The “Gunfire Vibration Trials” trial were not originally part of the scheduled performance programme and required a significant degree of agility and dedicated teamwork on the part of RSL and BAE Systems in order to utilise a small window opportunity to achieve this milestone.

Mark Tennison, Head of Typhoon Aircraft Weapons Integration Team at RSL said: “The multiple on-time successes in June for the Typhoon Paveway IV Integration programme indicates the continued health and robustness of the integrated team approach. It also reflects the ability to sustain agility, responsiveness and on-time-delivery in what is both a complex and challenging integration programme, involving a number of different international stakeholders.

“Achieving these milestone successes adds to the continuing high level of confidence that RSL and BAE Systems will deliver the Typhoon Paveway IV capability in line with customer expectations.”

This success follows on from the Operational deployment of Paveway IV in November 2008 on the Harrier GR9 and the recent clearance under an Urgent Operational Requirement for Paveway™ IV deployment on Tornado GR4. The Paveway IV weapon has become the freefall weapon of choice among UK Royal Air Force pilots flying missions in Kandahar, with the weapon’s performance being quoted as “very impressive”.

Raytheon Systems Limited is the U.K.-based subsidiary of Raytheon Company. It is a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defence, national security and commercial markets. RSL also designs, develops and manufactures a range of high technology electronic systems and software at its facilities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide. (ends)

Eurofighter Instrumented Production Aircraft Complete Key Flight Tests
(Source: Eurofighter GmbH; issued July 7, 2009)
Eurofighter Typhoon’s Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) have been busy lately, pushing forward in the testing of the fleet of development aircraft. IPA 7 recently completed a Paveway IV bomb handling qualities familiarising flight at EADS site in Manching.

The flight, which took two hours and seven minutes, saw the aircraft flying with six Paveway IV bombs, four MRAMMs and two SRAAMs missiles on board, proving the true swing role configuration of the aircraft which only the Eurofighter Typhoon can have with such a range of defence systems.

This test was important in order to prove how the Flight Control System (FCS) reacts with full weaponry loaded. Flown by EADS test pilot Martin Angerer, the successful flight is a key stage in the Phase 1 Enhancements and a photo of the flight can be found in our media library or by clicking here.

Being fully utilised to support IPA 6 in avionics testing, IPA 7 has also completed five Missile Approach Warning (MAW) flights, carried out with the support of a Luftwaffe F-4 Phantom and a Tornado. Come August, a UK based RAF Harrier will also contribute to the MAW trials.

IPA6 has recently undergone a series of DASS test flights as well as Helmet Equipment Assembly (HEA) and Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) flights. IPA 6 is the test bed for the Service Release Package 5.1 which is due to be introduced to in-service aircraft in the near future.

Further recently successful testing saw IPA 1, the UK owned Typhoon aircraft, commence a sequence of fifteen Paveway IV jettison drops. To date 3 successful drops have been performed. The trials see Paveway IV’s dropped in a number of store configurations to ensure safe separation and verify that bombs do not interfere with their neighbours when released.

Carried out over the Irish Sea with a full load of weapons, RAF pilots Rob Elworthy, Duncan Forbes along with Mark Bowman and Paul Stone, test pilots from BAE Systems Warton base, flew the aircraft during the trials.


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