Spain has received its first Eurofighter Typhoons to be upgraded with the latest-standard multirole capabilities.
The first two aircraft fitted to the Phase 1 Enhancements B Further Work (P1EB FW) configuration have been delivered to the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español: EdAE), Eurofighter partner company Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced on 22 January.
The new-build Tranche 3 fighters were built at Airbus DS’ Getafe facility near Madrid to the same configuration that is being retrofitted into the aircraft of other partner nations. The Spanish Directorate General for Armaments and Materiel (DGAM) procurement agency took delivery of the aircraft on 22 December 2017, after which they were ferried to Albacete Air Force Base. The remaining six of the 73 aircraft currently contracted by Spain will be delivered to the same P1EB FW standard during 2018 and 2019.
The P1E upgrade affords a true ‘swing-role’ capability, whereby the pilot can seamlessly switch between air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
In the air-to-surface mode it comprises integration of the Rafael Litening III advanced targeting pod and the Raytheon Paveway IV, Enhanced Paveway II dual-mode laser/GPS-guided bombs (LGBs), and the Paveway II LGB. The air-to-surface helmet-mounted sight system is also integrated, giving the Litening pod a significantly wider field-of-view.
Air-to-air enhancements of P1E include the digital integration of the Diehl IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missile to provide high off-boresight targeting and firing via the head-up display and helmet-mounted display (HMD).
Improved communications and voice control are also added, and greater interoperability with coalition forces is be achieved through the integration of secure Mode 5 identification, friend or foe (IFF) and an enhanced Link 16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16.
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