Typhoon enhancements ‘well-advanced’

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Work on integrating major new weapons systems on the Eurofighter Typhoon is now “well-advanced”, bosses have said.

Eurofighter Typhoon’s Programme Capability Manager has announced that enhancements to the fighter are now delivering “promising results”.

Paul Smith, a former UK RAF Pilot and Fighter Weapons School Instructor, made the announcement at a Eurofighter briefing at the Dubai Air Show.

Mr Smith said: “We are having one of the busiest Flight Test periods in the Programme’s history and the integration of the enhanced weapons-mix is well advanced and delivering promising results.

He added: “Throughout 2015 we have been conducting a series of flight tests with our Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) working on the integration of major new weapon-systems capability with a particular focus on both Storm Shadow and Meteor missiles.

“At the same time, the Eurofighter continues to deliver effective and proven air power in both the Middle East and the Baltic States.”

As well as the Storm Shadow and Meteor missiles, there are enhancements to the radar, DASS (defensive aids sub-system) and other avionics.

Mr Smith said: “The testing regime over the last few months has been relentless, and IPA6, a BAE Systems-based Eurofighter Typhoon, made the first flights with the new software and completed the fifth Meteor missile firing.”

The Typhoon is built in Lanashire by BAE Systems, which employs more than 10,000 people in its military division.