Airbus selects Leonardo to maintain German and Spanish Typhoon fleet avionics


Airbus has selected Leonardo to provide avionics maintenance for both German and Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon fleets.

The contracts, worth more than €100m, will cover all repairs estimated to arise in the next five years, Leonardo stated.

Leonardo, in collaboration with Airbus and Eurofighter, will support the Spanish Ejército del Aire and German Luftwaffe Typhoon jets.

Under the contracts, Leonardo will maintain Typhoon’s avionic suite, including the radar, infrared search and track (IRST) sensor and defensive aids suite.

Leonardo said it provides more than 60% of the avionics for the Typhoon and leads the consortia responsible for providing the aircraft’s radar and IRST sensors, and its electronic warfare defensive aid suite.

It is also responsible for around 36% of the Typhoon’s programme value, which includes parts of the aircraft’s structure, avionics and onboard electronics.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is said to be the most advanced air multi-role fighter currently available on the world market.

"Leonardo will maintain Typhoon’s avionic suite, including the radar, infrared search and track (IRST) sensor and defensive aids suite."

This twin-engine, supersonic, single or two-seat fighter jet incorporates latest technologies in every area ranging from structures to flight controls.

The pilot can use a wide range of advanced navigation, warning and attack sensors, which are fully integrated and capable of exchanging data and information with other aircraft or ground stations.

Leonardo stated that it already provides availability-based support for Italian Typhoons and recently agreed to provide support for UK Typhoon avionics over the next ten years.

In April 2016, Kuwait placed an order for 28 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.


Image: Eurofighter Typhoon. Photo: courtesy of Leonardo, A Finmeccanica Company.