Eurofighter, NETMA Sign Contract for ESCAN Radars

Eurofighter GmbH and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) has signed a contract for the integration of ESCAN radars on German and Spanish Air Force Eurofighter aircraft.

The contract was signed between Eurofighter GmbH CEO, Herman Claesen and his NETMA counterpart, General-Manager, Gabriele Salvestroni on June 25.

Herman Claesen, Eurofighter GmbH. CEO said: “In signing this contract, we are again demonstrating our collective commitment towards the continued development of Eurofighter Typhoon operational capability. This key component of the core four nation programme represents a crucial contribution to the future growth of this capability, ensuring that Eurofighter Typhoon continues to offer air forces an operational advantage well into the second half of the century.”

The contract formal contract signing was conducted following the Bundestag (German Parliament) announcement releasing funding for the integration of ESCAN radars on German Eurofighter aircraft.

The signing of this contract enables the further development and embodiment of ESCAN radar capability into the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleets. The event supports German and Spanish Air Force modernisation plans.

Gabriele Salvestroni, NETMA General-Manager said: “The ESCAN Radar retro design, clearance and integration programme will enable the embodiment of the ESCAN in two of our core Nations, ensuring at the same time, that the Eurofighter Typhoon will continue to meet the operational requirements set by NATO allies in securing the skies over Europe.”

Airbus has earlier announced the contract award for the development, supply and integration of 115 Eurofighter ESCAN Radars for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleet.

This contract foresees the delivery and integration of 110 Captor-E radars for Germany and an initial batch of 5 radars for Spain to be delivered by 2023. The new sensor will equip Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 Eurofighters as well as new aircraft. Whereas the Airbus sites in Manching, Germany and Getafe, Spain will act as overall integration Hub, the development and building of the radar will be subcontracted to a consortium under the leadership of Hensoldt and Indra and by participation of further Eurofighter partner companies.

Eurofighter Captor-E is the world’s most advanced electronically scanned array radar for fighter aircraft. The design of the front fuselage airframe allows Eurofighter to deliver the largest electronically scanned array for increased detection and tracking ranges, advanced Air-to-Surface capability and enhanced electronic protection measures. The large antenna surface also allows a wider field of regard than any other platform pushing the aircraft’s performance and guaranteeing its role as a valuable asset within the Future Combat Aircraft System environment.

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