Das Eurofighter Typhoon - Programm

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Beitrag von theoderich » 30. Jul 2015, 11:32

Typhoon P2E upgrade trials to begin shortly

BAE Systems is to begin flight trials of the Phase 2 Enhancements (P2E) package for the Eurofighter Typhoon in the coming weeks, a company official told IHS Jane's on 28 July.

Speaking at the company's Warton facility, Andy Flynn, head of Capability Delivery for the United Kingdom and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), said that work to upgrade Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 6 to the P2E standard is under way at the site, ahead of the commencement of flight trials in August.

"IPA6 is being upgraded to P2E right now. We expect to do engine ground runs next week, to be followed shortly after by approximately 150 flight trials of the configuration [across the international test fleet]. These will run through to the end of the year," he said.

The P2E is the latest in a number of capability enhancements that are being rolled out for the international Typhoon fleet. The earlier P1E(A) and P1E(B) upgrades laid the foundations for the ongoing development work, and afforded the jet a 'swing-role' air-to-air and air-to-surface capability. With P1E now in service with the operators (in the United Kingdom it was introduced under the Interim Force 2015 capability effort), BAE Systems is now under contract to deliver P2E.

P2E, which forms part of the UK's wider-Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) 2018 capability set, comprises integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), and the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile. This phase also includes additional cockpit interface enhancements. "P2E will give the Typhoon the long stick of Meteor and the deep strike of Storm Shadow," Flynn noted.

The single-seat IPA6 testbed will be joined in the P2E flight test campaign by a twin-seat Typhoon that BAE Systems has loaned back from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). This aircraft, British Trainer (BT)017, is currently undergoing its 500-hour servicing at Warton, but should be ready to join IPA6 as a P2E-configured jet before the end of 2015. Besides helping with the trials, BT017 will also be used for operational performance evaluations of the enhanced configuration.

As well as the two BAE Systems aircraft, other testbed platforms will be provided by the other Eurofighter consortium nations of Germany, Italy, and Spain also, with the Italians performing Storm Shadow firings in the United Kingdom later in the year.

According to Steve Kenchington, engineering manager of the Typhoon Development Fleet, the P2E flight test campaign will see the Meteor fired first, due to range availability and other factors, to be followed by Storm Shadow and general P2E development work. "We are now within weeks of firing a Meteor missile," he said, adding: "The firings already done on IPA1 in December [2014] were really just to test the missile itself, whereas these will be concerned with integrating it onto the latest standard Typhoon and to test the missile's interaction with the radar."

Assuming that the flight trials are successful, the P2E configuration should be ready for fielding before the end of 2017. While all the nations will upgrade their aircraft to P2E standard, the United Kindgom is leading the way in further enhancements, with BAE Systems also under contract to deliver the P3E upgrade by the end of 2018.

The key feature of P3E, which will deliver the Typhoon component of the UK's Future Force 2020 capability set, is the integration of the MBDA Dual-Mode Brimstone 2 air-to-surface missile with a precision effect against fast-moving targets. This Brimstone 2 capability, when combined with the already-delivered Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided bomb, and the Meteor and Storm Shadow, will provide the Royal Air Force (RAF) with its Project Centurion configuration for the Typhoon. This configuration is set to be rolled out in 2018 to ensure that there is no capability gap when the Panavia Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft is retired from service in 2019.

The United Kingdom is currently the only partner nation that is committed to P3E, and BAE Systems has already begun work on developing P4E and even P5E. Although these enhancements are still conceptual, they can loosely be defined by the integration of advanced sensors, including the Euroradar Captor electronically scanned (E-Scan) radar; and advanced weapon systems, such as the MBDA Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 (Cap 3), and the delivery of an Anti-Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) capability with the Brimstone 2.

The active electronically scanned array (AESA) E-Scan radar is currently in its Extended Assessment Phase (EAP), with an integration contract having been signed in late 2014. BAE Systems is to shortly fit a developmental but fully functioning E-Scan radar into testbed aircraft IPA5, with the aim of commencing trials before the end of 2015.

While P1E to P3E have been contracted, and P4E and P5E are still being defined, there are a number of other developmental projects under way by BAE Systems and the wider Eurofighter consortium that are all geared at enhancing the Typhoon's capabilities. These include the BAE Systems Striker II next-generation helmet, conformal fuel tanks, the Smart Dispensing System for countermeasures, the Common Weapon Launcher, and others.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 11. Sep 2015, 18:33

Kuwait To Purchase 28 Typhoons

Kuwait has agreed to purchase 28 Typhoon combat jets in a multibillion euro deal with the Italian government, industry sources in the region said Friday.

The deal is still in negotiation but Kuwait has agreed to buy 22 single seat and six twin-seat Typhoons in a government-to-government agreement.

Italian firm Finmeccanica's Alenia Aermacchi division has been leading the Eurofighter effort to sell the Typhoon to the Kuwaitis.

Industry sources said the deal could see the Kuwaitis be the first export customer for the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar being developed for the jet by Italy's Selex ES.

The deal follows reports in May that the Kuwaitis were in discussions with the US to purchase up to 40 Boeing F/A-18 fighters.

The position on those negotiations is unknown, although there has been some speculation in the past that the Kuwaitis could go for a split buy.

A US source acknowledged there is always a chance for a split buy from Kuwait, and said talks on a Super Hornet sale to Kuwait are still moving forward.

While declining to name Kuwait specifically, a Boeing spokeswoman said the company and the US government are still in conversation with potential Middle Eastern customers.

Primer reabastecimiento en vuelo entre un Eurofighter y un Hércules de los Marines (9. September 2015)





El Ejército del Aire realiza el primer reabastecimiento en vuelo entre un Eurofighter e un Hércules de los Marines

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Beitrag von theoderich » 14. Sep 2015, 12:55

BAE Systems completes Meteor firings for Typhoon P2E upgrade


BAE Systems has successfully completed guided firing trials of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, IHS Jane's was told on 14 September.

During the trials, which took place at the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Hebrides range, aircraft IPA6 launched Meteor missiles against real air targets in pre-planned scenarios as part of the wider Typhoon Phase 2 Enhancements (P2E) flight test campaign. According to BAE Systems test pilot Nat Makepeace, the missile separated cleanly and guided successfully towards its target while maintaining a data link with the aircraft.

The flight trials were conducted by BAE Systems with support from QinetiQ, MBDA, and Selex, and form part of a NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) contract to fully integrate the Meteor missile onto Typhoon by the end of 2016.

Speaking to IHS Jane's in July, BAE Systems said that the Meteor firings were the first phase of a 150-flight trial campaign for the P2E capability enhancement across the international test fleet. In the coming weeks, the single-seat IPA6 aircraft will be joined in the campaign by a twin-seat Typhoon that BAE Systems has loaned back from the MoD (BT017), as well as by aircraft provided by the other Eurofighter consortium nations of Germany, Italy, and Spain.

P2E flights are expected to run through to the end of the year, and will include trials of the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile (including firings in the United Kingdom by Italian aircraft), and testing of new additional cockpit interface enhancements and other general P2E development work.

Assuming that the test campaign is successful, the P2E configuration should be ready for fielding before the end of 2017.

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Beitrag von Doppeladler » 18. Sep 2015, 11:53

Kuwait Buys 28 Eurofighter Typhoons in Deal Worth €7-8 Billion(Source: Defense-Aerospace.com; published Sept 11, 2015)
By Giovanni de Briganti

PARIS --- Kuwait has signed an agreement with Italy to buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft worth €7-8 billion, the first time the aircraft has won a contract in open competition (Anmerkung: da sieht man wie wir wahrgenommen werden in der weiten Welt). It also shows that the Eurofighter partners were right to invest in upgrading the Typhoon, despite foot-dragging by Germany and Spain.

The agreement was announced Friday afternoon in Rome during a State Visit by Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah. In a communiqué issued jointly with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, the two leaders “welcomed the signing of a declaration of intent during the visit to buy Eurofighter jets, and a supplementary MoU” which “further consolidate the relationship between the two countries.”

Signature of the final agreement is expected is a matter of weeks, as most of the details have been agreed and has been frozen by a Sept 10 agreement between Finmeccanica and the Italian ministry of defense, which in practice will buy the aircraft and supply them to Kuwait.

The Italian government and Alenia-Aermacchi, the fixed-wing unit of the state-controlled Finmeccanica group, had been negotiating the sale for about three years, according to Italian sources, but the agreement’s signature comes as a surprise to many observers who saw Boeing’s F-18E/F Super Hornet as the leading competitor. Kuwait’s Typhoons will replace the earlier-model F-18A/B Hornets in Kuwaiti service.

An extensive partnership
The Typhoon sale is one result of the long-term defense partnership that Italy has cultivated with Kuwait since Operation Desert Storm freed the country from Iraqi occupation.
Kuwait has already outsourced to Italy its entire military pilot training process, from initial screening of candidates to their graduation, and the first class of 30 pilots will arrive at the Italian Air Force Academy next month.
Italy also has deployed an Air Task Force to Kuwait since November 2014, as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, which currently includes four Tornado strike aircraft, 2 Predator UAVs and a Boeing 767 tanker stationed at Al Jaber air base. Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti last visited the country in February.

Contract includes 20 years of support
Kuwait will buy 22 single-seat and 6 two-seat Typhoons in a government-to-government deal guaranteed by the Italian government. The deal includes weapons, ancillary equipment as well as customer support for the next 20 years, which helps explain its high price. Some Italian media say that the deal means Kuwait will be the first to operate an AESA radar on the Typhoon, but this has not been confirmed. Delivery dates have not been disclosed.
Italian media say that, as lead partner in the sale, Finmeccanica stands to win up to half of the deal’s value, or about €4 billion, the balance going to its Eurofighter partners Airbus Defence and Space and BAE Systems as well as to Paris-based MBDA, which will supply the weapons.
The fact that Kuwait is buying only 28 Typhoons to replace its current fleet of 39 F-18 Hornets suggests either that it plans a follow-on order in the future, or that it intends to buy a second fighter from another source. The latter seems unlikely, however, because of the cost and complexity for a small country like Kuwait to operate two different fighter types.

Shot in the arm for Eurofighter
This is the third time this year that a Middle-Eastern country has turned to a European supplier to buy combat aircraft, marking their disillusionment with the United States which can only offer older aircraft like the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet and F-15 Eagle or the Lockheed Martin F-16. In the spring, Egypt and Qatar both bought Rafale fighters from France.
The Kuwaiti contract is a crucial shot in the arm for the Eurofighter consortium, which was facing the prospect of winding down production by 2017 or 2018 as current orders were delivered. It also lifts any remaining doubts about the planned upgrade programs, which the four partner nations – Germany, Italy, Spain and UK – were reluctant to finance.
Earlier this year, Eurofighter GmbH won a €200 million Phase 3 Capability Enhancement contract, and the partner nations are now working to define the next major upgrade contract, known as Phase 4 Capability Enhancement contract.
In fact, the program’s prospects appeared dim after Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders earlier this year said he was not very optimistic about the future of Eurofighter, but the Kuwait sale has given it new market credibility.
This latest sale reverses a series of lost opportunities for Eurofighter, most recently last week when Indonesia said it would buy the Sukhoi Su-35S instead of accepting Eurofighter’s coproduction offer.
The Typhoon was also eliminated by India after having been short-listed alongside the Rafale, as well as in Japan (which chose the Lockheed Martin F-35) and the United Arab Emirates, which has not yet decided its future fighter.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 21. Sep 2015, 18:40

Litening 5 integration to keep Eurofighter on target

Airbus Defence & Space is installing the Rafael Litening 5 targeting pod on one of its Eurofighter combat aircraft, and will offer the payload option to future clients.

Guy Oren, director of Rafael's electro-optical systems unit, says the Israeli-developed pod is now being installed. "That will be followed by an operational evaluation," he adds.

The Litening 5 will become fully operational at the end of 2016 and Oren reveals that the system has been already purchased by a European air force.

The new version has a large aperture colour CCD sensor that will enable the system to detect targets at "very long ranges", Rafael says. The Litening's infrared sensor is also being upgraded as part of the new model's development.

Oren says the enhancements mean that the new version is not only a targeting pod, but an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance system.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 12. Okt 2015, 21:42

Wie vor einem Jahr: Falsche Bohrlöcher am Eurofighter

Bei dieser Meldung glaubte ich zunächst an eine falsche Wiedervorlage aus dem vergangenen Jahr: Wegen Fertigungsmängeln, genauer falsch entgrateter Bohrungen an der Verbindung zwischen Seitenleitwerk und Rumpf, werde die Bundeswehr vorerst keine Kampfflugzeuge vom Typ Eurofighter abnehmen, berichtet die Süddeutsche Zeitung (Link aus bekannten Gründen nicht) am (heutigen) Montagabend.

Das klang vor gut einem Jahr, am 30. September 2014, fast genauso. Auch damals war von falsch entgrateten Bohrungen am Rumpf die Rede, auch damals gab es keine Auswirkung auf den Betrieb der Flotte, auch damals wurde die Abnahme neuer Eurofighter vorerst eingestellt.

Einziger Unterschied: Vor einem Jahr machte das Verteidigungsministerium den Vorgang von sich aus öffentlich; in diesem Jahr kam er durch ein Schreiben an den Bundestag raus, das die SZ in die Hände bekam.

Nun stellen sich aber erst recht Fragen. Wenn es solche Fertigungsmängel im vergangenen Jahr schon gab – warum wurden ähnliche oder sogar gleiche Fertigungsmängel, damals wie jetzt am Rumpf, erst ein Jahr später entdeckt? Immerhin hatte der Hersteller vergangenes Jahr sehr schnell zugesagt, das Problem zu lösen. Oder liegt die Idee zu fern, dass falsche, weilt nicht entgratete Bohrungen an einer Stelle auch falsche, weil nicht entgratete Bohrungen an einer anderen Stelle des Rumpfs bedeuten könnten?

Neue Probleme mit dem Eurofighter

Das Kampfflugzeug Eurofighter macht neue Probleme. Das Verteidigungsministerium informierte am Montag den Bundestag über einen "Fertigungsmangel" im "Bereich der Verbindung zwischen dem Seitenleitwerk und Rumpf". Dort seien Bohrungen "nicht spezifikationskonform gesenkt und entgratet" worden.

Eine "Schädigung der Struktur des Luftfahrzeuges" könne nicht ausgeschlossen werden, heißt es im Schreiben des Ministeriums, das der Süddeutschen Zeitung vorliegt. Der Eurofighter hatte bereits in der Vergangenheit wiederholt Probleme gemacht.

Betroffen seien alle ausgelieferten Flugzeuge der Tranchen 1 bis 3A, heißt es in dem Schreiben weiter. Derzeit analysierten Experten das Problem, Deutschland habe die "Abnahme weiterer Serienluftfahrzeuge" vorerst ausgesetzt. Das Problem habe aber "keinen unmittelbaren Einfluss" auf den Flugbetrieb der deutschen Eurofighter-Flotte.

Jetzt werden bestimmt wieder alle Boulevardmedien in Österreich über den "Eurofighter" herfallen.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 13. Okt 2015, 13:24

Wieder Ärger mit dem Eurofighter: Falsche Bohrungen, überspannte Elektronik

Allerdings sind die falschen Bohrlöcher nicht das einzige Problem, das den Eurofighter plagt. So konnten im vergangenen Jahr kein einziges der geplanten vier Flugzeuge der Tranche 3a übernommen werden: Neben dem Bohrungs-Fehler wurde ein neuer Fehler in der Elektronik festgestellt, heißt es in dem regelmäßigen Sachstandsbericht Eurofighter für das Jahr 2014, der den Abgeordneten im September dieses Jahres zuging. Die so genannte Overvoltage sei aufgrund eines konstruktiven Auslegungsmangels entstanden.

Die Überspannungsproblematik mit Auswirkung auf die Gleichstromversorgung der Kampfflugzeuge konnte nach Angaben des Verteidigungsministeriums zwar durch Austausch eines Bauelements beseitigt werden. Versuchsergebnisse hätten bestätigt, dass dieser Fehlerfall durch den Einbau einer modifzierten Steuereinheit mit hinreichender Wahrscheinlichkeit ausgeschlossen werden kann. Allerdings betreffe dieses Problem keineswegs nur die modernsten Flugzeuge der Tranche 3 a – sondern alle bereits ausgelieferten Eurofighter. Deshalb sei geplant, so das Ministerium, alle Luftfahrzeuge nach Abschluss der Qualifikation mit modifizierten Steuereinheiten nachzurüsten.

Der Flugbetrieb mit den bislang bei der Bundeswehr vorhandenen Maschinen, versicherte ein Ministeriumssprecher am Montagabend auf Anfrage von Augen geradeaus!, sei weder im Übungsbetrieb noch im derzeit laufenden Einsatz beim Baltic Air Policing in Estland gefährdet.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 13. Okt 2015, 15:18

Deutsches Heer stoppt Abnahme von Eurofightern

Das deutsche Verteidigungsministerium hat auf das Bekanntwerden neuer technischer Probleme beim Kampfflugzeug Eurofighter reagiert. „Wir nehmen erst einmal keine weiteren Maschinen ab“, sagte ein Ministeriumssprecher heute in Berlin. Zunächst müsse nun das Ausmaß der Fertigungsmängel geprüft werden. Wie lange der Abnahmestopp gelte, sei offen.

Deutschland stoppt Abnahme von „Eurofighter“-Flugzeugen

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Beitrag von theoderich » 04. Nov 2015, 17:57

UK considering retaining early model Typhoons to maintain fighter numbers

The United Kingdom is considering the option of retaining some or all of its early-model Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft as it looks to prevent fighter numbers falling to their lowest levels since the Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed in 1918.

Speaking in the House of Commons on 3 November, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Dunne, said that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently reviewing its earlier decision to retire the 53 Tranche 1 Typhoons in 2018. While he said that this work is being done in anticipation of the upcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), he declined to be drawn on when a decision might be announced.

"The Ministry of Defence is reviewing the potential utility of all its current platforms, including its fleet of Tranche 1 Typhoon aircraft, as part of the ongoing Strategic Defence and Security Review. Where there is clear merit in extending the life of existing equipment in terms of both military utility and value-for-money, the opportunity to do so will be considered in the context of the wider review. It is therefore not appropriate to anticipate decisions on the Typhoon Tranche 1, or other capabilities, that have not yet been made," he said.

The minister's comments come on the back of a government disclosure in July that the UK's frontline fast-jet force is set to fall to its lowest numerical strength just ahead of the turn of the decade, with the almost simultaneous retirement of both the Panavia Tornado GR.4 and Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon fleets in 2019.

The RAF currently fields 192 frontline combat aircraft, made up of 87 Tornados; 53 Tranche 1 Typhoons; and 52 Tranche 2 and Tranche 3A Typhoons (deliveries of which are ongoing). Although all 40 Tranche 3A Typhoons should be with the RAF by 2019 and deliveries of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter will have begun, under current plans the UK will have just 127 frontline combat jets in 2019 - the lowest number since the RAF was formed more than a century earlier.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 06. Nov 2015, 18:10

UAE told UK: crack down on Muslim Brotherhood or lose arms deals

The United Arab Emirates threatened to block billion-pound arms deals with the UK, stop inward investment and cut intelligence cooperation if David Cameron did not act against the Muslim Brotherhood, the Guardian has learned.

Internal UAE government documents seen by the Guardian show that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi was briefed to complain to the prime minister about the Muslim Brotherhood in June 2012, when one of its leading members, Mohamed Morsi, became Egyptian president.

In the briefing notes it was suggested that the crown prince demand Cameron rein in BBC coverage.

In return, Cameron was to be offered lucrative arms and oil deals for British business which would have generated billions of pounds for the jet divisions of BAE Systems and allowed BP to bid to drill for hydrocarbons in the Gulf.

The first set of papers reveals the strategy for Sheikh Mohammed – the de facto ruler of the UAE – to deal with Britain in the light of the Egyptian election.

The briefing notes were written in June 2012 for the crown prince by Simon Pearce, a Manchester City board director who also handles UAE’s global image. In the notes, the plan appears to be to offer a series of carrots for British business and the country’s military in return for action against the Brotherhood.

In return for “challenging” the Brotherhood in Britain, the UAE “offered” Cameron a series of diplomatic victories. The 2012 briefing notes say the UK could expect “BP back in the game” around the oil-rich sands off Abu Dhabi’s coast; progress on a proposed £6bn Typhoon fighter jet deal and “further deepening of the intelligence and military relationship”, as well as Gulf cash to be invested in Britain.

The documents say the UAE had £1.5bn of investment in the UK at the time, supporting 32,000 jobs. It noted there were “huge opportunities for UK companies such as BP, BAE, Rolls-Royce in the UAE” and that there were “120,000-plus British expats in the UAE with a fantastic quality of life”.

When British action did not materialise, Abu Dhabi signalled its displeasure with the UK through commercial and political pressure. In 2012, BP was temporarily excluded from bidding for an extension to onshore oil concessions in the Gulf. At the end of 2013, the UAE declined to buy the Typhoon fighter jets, a massive blow to BAE.

A few months after the arms deal rebuff the prime minster announced a review of the Brotherhood’s activities in the UK. The first country that Jenkins went to see about the Brotherhood was the UAE – a fact British diplomats raised with Abu Dhabi. Jenkins met Khaldoon al-Mubarak there in April 2014.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 23. Nov 2015, 13:54

PM pledges £178 billion investment in defence kit


We will be extending the life of our multirole Typhoon for 10 extra years through to 2040, meaning we will be able to create 2 additional squadrons. This will give us a total of frontline 7 squadrons, consisting of around 12 aircraft per squadron. We will also invest in their ground attack capability and fit them with a new active electronically scanned array radar to ensure they can continue to operate in hostile environments in the future.

      National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015

      The Royal Air Force

      4.49 The Royal Air Force defends our airspace, projects our air power globally and provides vital intelligence to support operations including counter-terrorism. We will continue to operate Tornado combat aircraft until they are replaced by Typhoon. As part of Joint Force 2025, we will have:

        • Typhoon and F35 Lightning aircraft, which will ensure that the Royal Air Force can continue to deal with evolving threats. We will establish an additional F35 Lightning squadron and two additional Typhoon squadrons. We will invest further in Typhoon’s capabilities, including ground attack and a new Active Electronically Scanned Array radar to ensure that we can continue to operate it until at least 2040. We will maintain our plan to buy 138 F35 Lightning aircraft over the life of the programme.

        • Complex weapons, including Stormshadow and Brimstone missiles, which offer unrivalled precision. We will continue to invest further in new precision weapons to sustain our battle-winning capabilities.

SDSR 2015: Typhoon service life extended and numbers increased

There are currently 53 Tranche 1 and 67 Trance 2 Typhoons in service, and the RAF has begun receiving the first of 40 Tranche 3A aircraft (the status of the proposed buy of 43 Tranche 3B aircraft has not been confirmed). The Tranche 1s were slated for retirement between 2015 and 2019, and while it appears that the 24 'new' platforms will come from this stock a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told IHS Jane's that the exact mix of Tranche 1, 2, and 3 aircraft to be retained and flown out to the 2040 OSD has yet to be determined.

Given the software limitations of the Tranche 1, it is likely that, if as expected it is these platforms that are retained, these earlier aircraft will be used for air defence duties that do not require the Phase Enhancements (PE) upgrade packages earmarked for the Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 platforms. Indeed, the MoD told IHS Jane's that the Tranche 2 and 3 platforms will be prioritised for upgrades to include AESA and enhanced ground attack capabilities.


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Elettronica Develops ‘Escort Jammer’ For Italy’s Air Force (9. November 2015)

Italian electronics manufacturer Elettronica (Stand 1030) and the Italian air force are cooperating on the development of a podded “escort jammer” to provide the service’s Tornado and possibly Eurofighter Typhoon fighters with advanced jamming capability.

The jammer will be contained in a centerline pod measuring four-to-six meters, attached to the belly of the aircraft. Executives declined to specify how long the system has been in development or when it will become operational. According to a press release, the air force selected Rome-based Elettronica “for the achieved maturity” of key technologies, including phased array antennas, solid state receivers and transmitters, a digital receiver and digital radio frequency memory.

The F-35 is not among the types being considered. “The F-35 is a different story,” Santagata said. “We’re concerned with platforms we know we can manage, like the Tornado and Typhoon.”

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Beitrag von theoderich » 08. Dez 2015, 17:04

Boelcke macht großen Schritt in Richtung Multi-Role

Mit dem Erstflug des Laser-Disignator-Pods (LDP) an einem Eurofighter der Luftwaffe ist das Geschwader wieder in die Vorreiterrolle bei der Einführung neuer Systeme geschlüpft. Der LDP – ein Laserzielmarkierungsbehälter - zeigt lasergelenkten Bomben bei Tag und Nacht präzise ihren Weg zum Ziel. Eine Fähigkeit, die in heutigen militärischen Auseinandersetzungen unverzichtbar geworden ist.






Schlechtes Wetter verzögerte die Premiere

Der wichtige Termin war eigentlich auf den Vormittag festgelegt. Der Eurofighter mit der Kennung 31+32 rollte Richtung Startbahn. Dichter Nebel verhinderte aber den geplanten ersten Take-Off. Umso größer war die Freude bei den Technikern und dem Piloten, als sich der Nebel am Nachmittag lichtete und der lang ersehnte Start gelang.

Um erste Erfahrungen mit dem Laserzielmarkierungsbehälter auf dem Eurofighter sammeln zu können, wurde der Kampfjet in der neuen Product- System- Configuration (PSC) 10 ausgeliefert. Diese stellt eine Weiterentwicklung und Anpassung von Software, Hardware und somit der Fähigkeiten des Kampfflugzeuges dar. Die finale Air-To-Ground- Befähigung wird der Eurofighter mit dem Stand PSC 12 erreichen.

Als zusätzliche Außenlast mitgeführt, kann der LDP mit einer optischen und einer Infrarot-Kamera Ziele auf weite Entfernung beobachten und anpeilen. Das Kamerabild wird auf ein Multifunktionsdisplay ins Cockpit übertragen. Der Kamerakopf kann von dem Piloten manuell angesteuert und ausgewählte Bereiche somit optisch vergrößert und von der LDP-Kamera fixiert werden. Diese ist in der Lage, das fixierte Objekt eigenständig, auch bei wechselnder Flugzeuglage, im Raum zu verfolgen. Ein eigenes, unabhängiges Navigationssystem im Laserzielmarkierungsbehälter und der eigenständig bewegliche Kamerakopf des LDP machen das möglich.

Auch bewegliche Ziele können damit automatisch verfolgt werden. Durch die infrarotgestützten Bilder ist der LDP auch bei Dunkelheit und schlechten Sichtverhältnissen zuverlässig einsetzbar. Selbst Luftfahrzeuge können so über weite Entfernungen identifiziert werden.

Bei der Auslieferung der PSC 12 Luftfahrzeuge soll auch die Zielbeleuchtung mit dem Laser des LDP freigegeben werden. Damit wird der Eurofighter dann in der Lage sein, Bodenziele mittels Laserstrahlung zu markieren. Bomben, die mit ihrem Suchkopf die reflektierte Strahlung des Lasers erfassen können und somit auf ihrem Gleitpfad das Ziel anvisieren, können so punktgenau treffen.

Die deutsche Luftwaffe geht denselben Weg wie die Schweizer und Tschechen - Laser Designator Pod statt PIRATE. Ich erinnere an die wirre Argumentation von Norbert Darabos, kurz nach Abschluss des desaströsen Vergleichs mit der Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH:

    Sitzung des Nationalrates am 24. und 25. September 2008 (72/NRSITZ)

    Bundesminister für Landesverteidigung Mag. Norbert Darabos: [...] Zu den Fragen 3 und 7:

    Auch das sei angesprochen. Das ist ja immer eine Erfindung auch der ÖVP, dass man sagt, diese Flieger sind jetzt teurer geworden. Das stimmt ja nicht. Ich scheue hier keinen Vergleich. Bei meinem Vergleich gibt es Einsparungen von 83 Millionen € pro Eurofighter – bei der Reduzierung von 24 auf 18 Stück unter der Regierung Schüssel waren es nur 70 Millionen. Also mit meinem Vergleich liege ich um 13 Millionen € pro Eurofighter besser. Ich glaube, dieser Vergleich hält jeder Begutachtung stand. (Abg. Murauer: Das werden wir nachrechnen!) – Sie können das gerne nachrechnen.

    Die Tranche 1 reicht für unsere Luftraumüberwachung völlig aus. Es ist das modernste Flugzeug der vierten Generation. Es wird die Aufgaben 365 Tage im Jahr rund um die Uhr voll erfüllen können. Wir brauchen keinen Kampfbomber der Tranche 2! Sie haben de luxe bestellt, wir haben ein Luftraumüberwachungsfahrzeug bestellt. (Beifall bei der SPÖ.)

    Wenn Sie – und das ist ja eine ganz witzige Debatte – das FLIR- und das DASS-Sys­tem ansprechen – wissen Sie eigentlich, was das ist? (Abg. Murauer: So gut wie Sie auf jeden Fall!) Ich bin mir da nicht so sicher. (Abg. Murauer: Aber ich bin mir sicher!) Das ist ein Infrarotsystem, das man nur braucht, wenn man im Kampfeinsatz ist. Wir können die Luftraumüberwachung mit unseren Flugzeugen, mit unserem normalen System genauso aufrechterhalten.

    Kollege Platter hat von 18 Flugzeugen sechs mit diesem System ausgestattet. Die Frage ist: Warum die restlichen 12 nicht, wenn das so wichtig ist?

    Das DASS-System ist ein System zum Schutz vor Verfolgung durch feindliche Kampf­flugzeuge. Entschuldigung, das ist aber nicht die Aufgabe der Luftraumüberwachung in Österreich, sage ich Ihnen ganz offen – und deswegen auch die Abbestellung.

    Im Übrigen hat das nicht einmal die deutsche Luftwaffe, und die deutsche Luftwaffe ist ein bisschen in anderen Einsätzen unterwegs, beispielsweise in Afghanistan und so weiter, als die österreichische.

„Upgrade-Tornados“ bei den „Immelmännern“ angekommen


Die ersten beiden mit „ASSTA 3.1“ aufgerüsteten Tornados sind in Jagel angekommen. Im Cockpit ist das Flugzeug im Grunde komplett mit neuer Elektronik ausgestattet. Besonders der neue Arbeitsplatz des Waffensystemoffiziers sieht in der Maschine vollkommen anders aus als früher.

Von innen ist es allerdings im Grunde ein neues Flugzeug. Die Zelle sicher nicht, aber die gesamte Elektronik der Maschine ist neu. Es ist ein Tornado, der mit der neuesten Software „ASST A 3.1“ ausgerüstet ist. Er wurde damit für seine SEAD-Rolle (Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, Niederhalten der bodengebundenen Luftverteidigung) optimiert. Zum Einsatzverfahren SEAD gehören das Aufspüren, Lokalisieren, Identifizieren und Bekämpfen gegnerischer Radarsysteme. Hierzu setzt die Luftwaffe den Tornado in der ECR-Variante (Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance) ein, der mit dem Flugkörper AGM 88 HARM ausgestattet ist.

Insgesamt wird der Tornado ECR derzeit runderneuert. Neue Technik heißt aber nicht nur Austausch der alten Bildschirme gegen neue, farbige. Damit verbunden ist eine überarbeitete Software, die auch den Nachrichtenaustausch zwischen Kampfflugzeugen, Land- und Seeeinheiten und Führungsständen im Link 16- Netzwerk ermöglicht.

Eine wichtige Ausstattung für NATO-Einsätze

Die ersten beiden Tornados mit dem Softwarestand „ASST A 3.1“ sind bereits beim Geschwader angekommen. Weitere Luftfahrzeuge werden in den nächsten Monaten dazukommen und werden von der Luftwaffe getestet. Darüber hinaus ist die Einsatzrolle SEAD ein in der NATO relativ exklusives Geschäft. In Europa haben nur die deutsche Luftwaffe und die italienischen Luftstreitkräfte diese Fähigkeiten. Und eine Rolle, die immer wichtiger wird.

Erstes SEAD-Symposium in Kropp


Um das Potenzial der neuen Software des Waffenträgers voll ausnutzen zu können, hat die Luftwaffe auch den Beschaffungsprozess für einen Nachfolgeflugkörper der AGM 88 HARM (Highspeed Anti Radiation Missile) angestoßen. Für dieses Vorhaben stellte das Symposium ein ideales Forum dar, um sich über die am Markt verfügbaren Flugkörper zu informieren und im Jahr 2016 eine Entscheidung zu treffen.