Cassidian has been awarded a contract for the delivery of a computer-based mission planning system for installation onto the German Air Force’s (Luftwaffe) Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft.

Awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), the €15m contract covers a mission planning system delivery for Typhoon locations at Laage, Norvenich, Wittmund and Neuburg, Germany.

Cassidian Mission Avionics head Dr. Rolf Wirtz said the mission planning system ensures a near-real time and safe synchronisation of all relevant data before and after a flight, enhancing pilot safety and operation efficiency.

”In addition, this order and its implementation within Germany will give the Luftwaffe the option of working in close cooperation with Cassidian, to express their specific needs and to contribute their ideas to the development of the system,” Wirtz added.

The latest contract brings Bundeswehr closer to its goal of reducing logistical costs by integrating all of its aircraft with same planning system, as Cassidian has already delivered a mission planning system for equipping all German Army Aviation Corps helicopters.

The mission planning system serves as a complete solution for planning, preparation, execution and monitoring safe military flights as well as missions.

Providing flight planners with information about civil air movements, weather data and any threats along the flight path, the system also enables them to maintain real-time contact with military command.

Built by a consortium of EADS, Alenia Aeronautica and BAE, the Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter designed for deployment during air operations, including air policing and peace support, and high-intensity conflict missions.

Eurofighter is the largest new-generation fighter programme in the world with 559 aircraft under production, and 321 currently operational with Austrian, Italian, German, Saudi, Spanish and the British air forces.

Image: Eurofighter mission planning system will ensure near-real time synchronisation of all relevant data before and after a mission. Photo: copyright of Cassidian.