BAE Systems has announced the winning of a contract to de-risk E-Scan active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar development for alliance into the UK Royal Air Force's (RAF) Typhoon combat aircraft fleet.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded the contract to BAE at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow, The E-Scan extended assessment phase (EAP) contract is worth about £72 million. It needs the company to analyze the UK's capability needs for E-Scan radar.
Under the 3 years contract, BAE will be responsible for undertaking Typhoon flight test and ground test of a prototype UK E-Scan radar at the company's electronic warfare test facility at Warton, Lancashire, UK. The next-generation E-Scan radar has been generated by the Euroradar consortium of Cassidian, Selex ES and Indra.
The E-Scan radar is hoped to add new mission capabilities like simultaneous radar functionalities, air surveillance and air-to-ground and weapon control to Typhoon.
BAE Systems Group managing director Nigel Whitehead commented "The EAP contract represents a significant step in the UK MOD's commitment to the wider E- Scan programme. Having the ability to demonstrate the full potential of E-Scan radar on the aircraft will also assist us in showcasing the full capability of the Typhoon to potential customers."
UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Philip Dunne stated "Typhoon jets play a vital role in the protection of the UK, and we remain committed to enhancing Typhoon's capability to meet the needs of the RAF's Future Force 2020."
At the same time, BAE is working on the Nato Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) Nations E-Scan development programme, called Radar 1+. Under Radar 1+, the company concluded the maiden flight of its modified Typhoon development aircraft, known as instrumented production aircraft 5 (IPA5), in January.