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Farnborough 2022: UK awards Eurofighter AESA integration contract

Typhoon aircraft (BS116) alongside an ECRS Mk2 radar model in the test and evaluation hangar at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire. (BAE Systems)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems GBP2.35 billion (USD2.78 billion) to integrate an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar aboard Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.

Announced ahead of the Farnborough Airshow, the contract sees the MoD commit to fitting the Leonardo European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) E-Scan radar to a portion of the RAF's Typhoon fleet.

“The ECRS Mk2 radar is a transformational upgrade for our Typhoon aircraft, and a step change in capability,” the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston was quoted as saying. The deal covers all 40 of the RAF's Tranche 3 aircraft.

As previously reported by Janes , the UK plans to fly the ECRS Mk2 radar aboard a Eurofighter test aircraft in late 2023, with initial operating capability (IOC) slated for 2030.

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