Eurofighter and Euroradar have begun joint full-scale production of the latest-generation active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to enhance Typhoon combat aircraft capability.

The target in-service date for the new radar is 2015 to meet the requirements of Eurofighter Partner Nations and export customers.

The AESA technology will enhance Typhoon’s radar capabilities further as compared to the current mechanically scanned (M-scan) radar.

It will offer increased detection and tracking ranges, advanced air-to-surface capability and enhanced electronic protection measures.

The new radar will retain the key features of the existing Captor radar architecture and will use latest generation technology to provide a full complement of air-to-air and air-to-surface modes.

It can be easily integrated in the Typhoon’s radome and will provide a wide field of regard as it is fitted on a repositioner.