Eurofighter has completed upgrade of the Austrian Air Force’s Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft fleet to the latest capability standard for Tranche 1 (T1) aircraft.
Carried out by Cassidian at Zeltweg in Steiermark, Austria, the upgrade involved the addition of new systems software, installation of modern equipment with higher performance capability levels and a range of other enhancements.
The modernisation work was performed in parallel with the aircraft’s daily operations in an effort to help optimise efficiencies, according to the company.
Eurofighter CEO Alberto Gutierrez said, ”The Austrian Eurofighters are now on the highest technical and operational level for Tranche 1 aircraft and continue to deliver a substantial contribution to the air surveillance capabilities and national sovereignty of Austria.”
Specifically, the two-year process included the integration of the Austrian Typhoon fleet with the service release proposal (SRP) 4.3 standard software and hardware, new radio systems, GPS, and an identification friend-or-foe (IFF) transponder, IHS Janereports.
Manufactured 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, peace support and high-intensity conflict missions worldwide.
Typhoon is the largest new generation fighter programme, with a total of 719 aircraft on contract and 571 on order by the seven partner nations, including the Austrian, Italian, German, Saudi, Spanish and UK air forces.
The new-generation, swing-role aircraft is scheduled to remain in operational service until 2040.
The Austrian Air Force currently operates 15 Mauser BK27 27mm cannon and two infra-red imaging system-tail (IRIS-T) short-range air-to-air missiles-equipped Typhoon fighters for air-policing missions from from Zeltweg Air Base in Austria, according to the news agency.
Image: An Austrian Air Force’s Typhoon fighter aircraft during its flight. Photo: courtesy of Bundesheer.