BAE Systems Asks Leonardo to work on Advanced Radar Integration on RAF Typhoons

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  • 06:05 AM, July 11, 2023
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BAE Systems Asks Leonardo to work on Advanced Radar Integration on RAF Typhoons
European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk2 @RAF

BAE Systems awarded Leonardo a contract to complete the development of European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk2 radar for Royal Air Force’s Typhoon jets.

The work is expected to lead to initial flight testing in 2024.

BAE Systems leads the overall design, development, manufacture and upgrade of the Typhoon aircraft for the UK, Leonardo is the lead for the aircraft’s main sensing and survivability systems including its radar, defensive aids sub-system and infrared search and track system.

BAE Systems Asks Leonardo to work on Advanced Radar Integration on RAF Typhoons
European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk2 @RAF

The contract is part of the UK Government announcement made in July 2022, to invest £2.35 billion in the continued technology advancements in Typhoon capabilities, as recognition of its long-term role supporting national security and defence priorities. The new radar will ensure the RAF Typhoons can simultaneously detect, identify and track various targets on land and at sea, providing greater Air Power capability.

A prototype of the radar, developed and manufactured by Leonardo in Edinburgh and Luton, is undergoing specialist testing in a facility at BAE Systems combat air site in Warton, Lancashire.

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