Airbus has released a new mission support system (MSS) into service for Eurofighter to the German Air Force.
The MSS contains new air-to-surface planning features and can fully exploit the multirole capabilities of Eurofighter Typhoon.
According to Airbus, the MSS can meet the increased operational requirements of the German Air Force.
The system is designed to support the full mission cycle covering tasking, data management, planning, rehearsal, briefing and debriefing.
The presence of solid data management will allow a mission planner to maximise airborne effectiveness by simultaneously preparing mission data for multi-ship Eurofighter missions in mixed configurations.
Furthermore, MSS offers faster planning cycles. The system enables the printing of flight documents and the uploading of the mission data onto the aircrew data store in less than 15 minutes.
The improved timing is made possible by computer assistance in the attack planning segment and other features such as multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) planning, ATO/ACO-import and information parsing.
In addition, the system’s modular design enables easy adjustment to support other platforms.
The new German FCAS Prototyping Laboratory is currently using an Airbus MSS derived prototype to perform mission planning.
Airbus noted that it will soon introduce machine learning algorithms to enhance the prototype.
This is aimed at providing optimised routings and supporting complex missions and environments in a data-driven battlespace.
In a statement, Airbus said: “Airbus Eurofighter MSS is thus the baseline for future combat mission support and mission management systems and ready for dominance in the data-driven battlefield of FCAS operations.”
Germany is looking to phase out its ageing Tornado combat aircraft from 2025.
In January, Reuters reported that the German Defence Ministry dropped Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter out of the tender. The Eurofighter will now compete with Boeing’s F/A-18 fighter jet for the lucrative deal.
In a separate development, Airbus has received an order for one C295 medium transport aircraft from the Border Service of Kazakhstan.
The order will bring the overall C295 fleet operating in Kazakhstan to nine aircraft.