Eurofighter Typhoon receives £ 135m upgrade


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BAE Systems has won a new £ 135 million contract to advance the next phase of Typhoon Jets‘ performance enhancement.

The contract is part of the ongoing efforts of the Eurofighter consortium and the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Germany to further develop the technology-enabled capabilities of the Typhoon fighter.

The investment will improve weapon capability, increase the variety of precision-guided ammunition, and further enhance Typhoon’s defense systems and data links, thereby enhancing high-speed, secure data exchange.

Recent improvements to the jet include the design of new large touchscreen cockpit displays that allow pilots to easily evaluate and respond to data from the aircraft’s sensors.

Watch: ISIS ‘has nowhere to hide’ as RAF typhoons attack fighters in Iraq.

Richard Hamilton, Typhoon Program Director Europe at BAE Systems Air, said the contract was a “significant milestone” for the aircraft.

“This contract is another important milestone in Typhoon’s ability to develop as we use our vast expertise to further develop its combat air capabilities and ensure that it has the technology it needs for its future combat space.”

He said the contract will receive “100 highly skilled engineering positions” in the Northwest and is “just one example of a number of technology-driven innovations being developed on Typhoon”.

Mr Hamilton added that the contract would help “keep the UK skill base at the forefront of the global combat air sector” and “sustainable skills required to deliver the next generation of the future combat air system”.

BAE Systems was awarded the contract by Eurofighter, the group that represents the industrial partners of the core countries Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo.

In May, a Typhoon was unveiled at RAF Coningsby, painted in a full Union flag color scheme.

Eurofighter Typhoon conducted night flights at RAF Coningsby in June as part of aircrew training to prepare for missions such as Operation Shader.

Cover picture: BAE Systems.

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