LONDON – Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets as a result of a $420 million deal between the Ministry of Defence and industry. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article
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15 Sept. 2020 -- BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European Common Radar System Mark 2 radar to equip the RAF’s Typhoon fleet with a multi-functional array providing advanced electronic warfare (EW) and electronic-attack capabilities, as well as more traditional radar functions.
The deal includes the industry partners delivering the first Mk2-equipped Typhoons in 2022 for test and evaluation work, as well as three complete radars. The initial operating capability of the upgraded RAF combat jets is planned for soon after 2025.
An Mk2 production contract will be required to take the program to its next phase but some long-lead manufacturing of some items is already included in this latest deal.
John Keller, chief editor
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