26 June 2020
by Gareth Jennings
Airbus has been contracted to develop, deliver, and integrate electronically-scanned (E-Scan) radar sets for German and Spanish Eurofighter combat aircraft.
A Eurofighter with a Captor-E radar displayed in the open nose. Airbus has been contracted to develop and integrate an upgraded version for the German and Spanish air forces. (Hensoldt)
The contract, announced on 26 June, covers 110 of the radar sets for the Luftwaffe and an initial five sets for the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español: EdAE) from 2023. The value of the award made by the German and Spanish governments was not disclosed, although German sensor-house Hensoldt recently said it would receive EUR1.5 billion (USD1.7 billion) as lead for the project.
“The new sensor will equip Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 Eurofighters as well as new aircraft,” Airbus Defence and Space said, with division CEO Dirk Hoke adding, “The contract for the Captor-E radar is a main achievement to equip Eurofighter with sensors that ensure todays dominance of the aircraft also in the threat scenarios of tomorrow. With Eurofighter, Germany and Spain are investing in a strong backbone of European air defence and in the leading project of the European defence industry.”
News of the award came days after the governments of both nations approved funding to develop, build, and integrate a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system for their Eurofighter combat aircraft fleet.
Airbus will now subcontract the work to Germany’s Hensoldt as the lead contractor, with support from Spain’s Indra.
Airbus has been contracted to develop, deliver, and integrate electronically-scanned (E-Scan) radar ...