£365m contract boost for BAE Systems

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BAE Systems workers in Lancashire have been given a boost after the four Eurofighter partner nations placed a multi-million-pound order for the full integration of the new Captor E-Scan radar onto Typhoon.

As the system integrator, the contract will represent an order worth £365 million to BAE Systems, safeguarding jobs in Warton and Samlesbury.

Future: The radar being fitted at BAE Systems

Future: The radar being fitted at BAE Systems

This will give Eurofighter Typhoon one of the most advanced radar systems in the world providing a wider field of regard than any other combat aircraft.

Other benefits include increased detection and tracking ranges, advanced air-to-surface capability and enhanced electronic protection measures.

An upgraded development aircraft has already undergone a series of modifications as part of ongoing Captor E-Scan development.

The aircraft flew for the first time with Captor E-Scan fitted to the Farnborough Air Show in July this year. It will continue both ground testing and flight trials.

Martin Taylor, Managing Director, Combat Air at BAE Systems, said: “This is a major step forward in the development of Typhoon. From the outset, the aircraft was built with capability enhancement in mind and this step is proof that we are developing Typhoon to keep it relevant for today and for the future.

“Typhoon has become the backbone of a number of air forces and with the potential for further development it will be meeting the needs of modern warfare for decades to come.”

The Eurofighter Typhoon is regarded as one of the world’s leading swing-role combat aircraft.

BAE Systems and the UK will now work with partners Germany, Spain and Italy to achieve the in-service requirements of each Typhoon customer.