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Leonardo delivers prototype of ECRS Mk2 radar for Typhoon fighter

Source: Defence Equipment & Support, Defence Industry Europe

A prototype of a state-of-the art ECRS Mk2 radar that will be fitted to the UK’s Typhoon fleet has been delivered by Leonardo to BAE Systems’ flight-testing facility at Warton in Lancashire.

The ECRS Mk2 (European Common Radar System Mk2) radar will be integrated over the next year with a view to conducting initial flight testing in 2024.

The prototype arrived at BAE’s site on 31 March from Edinburgh where it was developed and manufactured by Leonardo.



ECRS Mk 2 radar will further transform the Eurofighter Typhoon’s control of the air, bringing a world-leading electronic warfare capability which will allow the aircraft to simultaneously detect, identify and track multiple targets in the air and on the ground.

 

A prototype of a state-of-the art ECRS Mk2 radar that will be fitted to the UK’s Typhoon fleet has been delivered by Leonardo to BAE Systems’ flight-testing facility at Warton in Lancashire.
Image: Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

 

It will support operations in the most challenging situations, equipping pilots with the ability to suppress enemy air defences using high-powered jamming and engage targets whilst beyond the reach of threats. This will cement Typhoon aircraft as the backbone of combat air capability defending UK at home and abroad for decades to come.

The radar will now undergo integration work and ground-based testing in preparation for first flights on-board the Eurofighter Typhoon next year.

The development of the ECRS Mk2 radar is taking place under a £2.35 billion investment that integrates the new radar onto Typhoon via a Phased 4 Enhancement programme being taken forward with Germany, Italy and Spain.

Together, that investment will generate and sustain up to 1,300 high quality jobs right across the UK. Overall, the Typhoon programme shall continue to support more than 20,000 jobs throughout the UK.

 

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