May 24, 2014
Eurofighter launches new Typhoon enhancement package
The package incorporates lessons learned during the operations in Libya, and are designed to significantly enhance the air-surface capabilities and completely revise the human machine interface for multirole operations.
The enhancements are also expected to enable the pilot to seamlessly transition between air-to-air and air-to-ground modes.
Phase 1 Enhancements (P1Eb) package is a significant advancement for the programme, and allows Typhoon to realise both its air-to-air and air-to-ground capability to full effect.
This package also paves the way for the Eurofighter to deploy deep strike stand-off weapons that can target high-value highly protected surface targets. The company is currently conducting the integration and flight test of the Storm Shadow missile.
The package also integrates the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), which has higher average speed than conventional missiles, and when combined with Typhoons' kinetics, is claimed to deliver a 'no escape zone' greater than three times that of comparable weaponry.
The package also includes a suite of capability upgrades for the aircraft's defensive aids sub system (DASS), and the latest interoperability updates for its multifunction and distribution systems (MIDS).