MUNICH, Germany, 28 June 2005. Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, Germany, has received a follow-on order to supply 236 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets with radio communications equipment.
The company will supply each platform with two VHF/UHF transceivers. In 1999, Rohde & Schwarz won an order to supply the first batch of aircraft of the series with new equipment.
For the present batch, the radio communications equipment has been modernized and is based on the airborne transceivers of the Rohde & Schwarz M3AR family.
A European consortium of Rohde & Schwarz and the partners Selenia Communications in Italy and Indra Sistemas in Spain will modernize the VHF/UHF radio equipment of the second batch of the Eurofighter Typhoon order, which will include the integration of a new data modem.
To achieve jamming-resistant operation, all instruments use the communications method SATURN (Second Generation of Anti-Jam Tactical UHF Radio for NATO), which has been standardized throughout NATO. The integrated encryption function (COMSEC) protects the transmitted information in accordance with the relevant NATO standards.
In the joint project for the Eurofighter Typhoon, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain developed Europe's advanced combat aircraft of this class. With the start of the second part of the order, 384 of the 620 aircraft that will be produced in total for these four nations are now in series production.
Delivery of the second part of the order to these countries is scheduled to begin in 2008. The first export contract for 18 additional Eurofighters was concluded with Austria in 2003.