Yesterday at IDEX, a contract for the Typhoon Phase Three Enhancement (known as P3E) was signed by the UK’s Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne MP, writes Jon Lake.
The minister had earlier told the IDEX conference that he was looking forward to announcing a “further air-to-ground strike capability” for the Eurofighter Typhoon.
P3E will bring forward the integration of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon, for service entry later in the decade. Brimstone will give the Typhoon a formidable direct-fire close air support weapon that has been combat-proven in Afghanistan and Libya. The weapon will augment a variety of Paveway laser- and dual-mode laser/ GPS-guided bombs and the Storm Shadow cruise missile for attacking ground targets. Brimstone will be carried on triple carriers under the wings.
P3E aircraft will be capable of simultaneously engaging air-to-ground and air-to-air targets out to beyond visual range.