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September 17, 2015

BAE Systems to support Typhoon’s Radar and RDS system

BAE Systems has received a contract extension worth £100m from Eurofighter to support its Typhoon's radar and defensive aids sub system (RDSS).

By Samseer M

BAE Systems has received a contract extension worth £100m from Eurofighter to support its Typhoon’s radar and defensive aids sub system (RDSS).

The RDSS Support Service will offer an on-base RDSS equipment repair capability for the Typhoon fleets of the UK, German and Spanish Air Forces.

It will include a design authority support element that delivers engineering support and identification of improvements to enhance the reliability and availability of equipment for customers.

"Delivering on this contract is vital to the ability of the aircraft to carry out its mission, now and in the future."

BAE Systems Typhoon Support Delivery director Jeff Cheetham said: "The radar and defensive aids sub systems are both critical to the Typhoon’s operational effectiveness and maintaining them is a key requirement for customers.

"Delivering on this contract is vital to the ability of the aircraft to carry out its mission, now and in the future."

The Typhoon’s Captor M-Scan Radar provides the pilot with the ability to track long- and short-range air-to-air and air-to-surface targets in fixed, moving and multiple target tracking modes.

The RDSS, which is a significant element of Typhoon’s advanced situational awareness and target identification capability, detects and responds to outside threats to protect the aircraft.

The system comprises of electronic counter measures pods, missile warners and a chaff and flare dispenser.

Work under this contract will be delivered by BAE’s Military Air and Information business in collaboration with Finmeccanica Selex (UK).

Moreover, the contract will be supported by consortium partners Indra, Airbus Defence Electronics, Elettronica and Selex (Italy).

Recently, BAE completed guided firing trials of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile from a Typhoon aircraft.

The trials were part of the flight test campaign for the ‘phase two enhancements’ (P2E) programme, which aims to introduce a range of new and enhanced long range attack capabilities including Meteor and Storm Shadow missiles.

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