Es hätte auf jeden Fall Sinn gemacht. Die Obsoleszenzproblematik betrifft schließlich vorwiegend die Avionik der Tranche 1. Mit der Einrüstung von Hardware der Tranche 2 Block 8 hätte man heute keine Versorgungsschwierigkeiten. Dabei ging es um Hardware, die von allen anderen Betreiberstaaten genutzt wird. Im Avioniksystem des Eurofighter gibt es 14 Computer:opticartini hat geschrieben: ↑So 21. Okt 2018, 00:06Ergo: Ein Upgrade der Elektronik eines EF Tranche 1 funktionierte zwar in einem Versuchsflugzeug, aber es macht wenig Sinn, da man damit der weltweit einzige Betreiber dieser Frankenstein-Kombination wäre und das noch dazu in relativ geringer Stückzahl.
- Front Computer
- Air Data Computer (ADC)
- Attack Computer (AC)
- Defensive Aids Computer (DAC)
- 4 Flight Control Computers (FCC)
- Right Fuel Computer (RFC) - Fuel System
- Left Fuel Computer (LFC) - Fuel System
- Landing Gear Computer (LGC) - Landing Gear System
- Navigation Computer (NC) - Navigation System
- Left Secondary Power System Computer (LSPS) - EJ 200 Engine Turbofan
- Right Secondary Power System Computer (RSPS) - EJ 200 Engine Turbofan
Fotos von den Flugtests und einige Artikel in einer Firmenzeitschrift geben einen guten Eindruck, was mit Flugzeugen möglich gewesen wäre, die nach Vorbild von IPA2 nachgerüstet worden wären (Das Flugzeug links ist IPA4, mit dem die MBDA Meteor erprobt wurde.):
https://www.eurofighter.com/multimedia/ ... hadow-1833
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Eurofighter Typhoon flies METEOR
Beyond Visual Range Lethality
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/sp ... screen.pdfIn May, the focus of the testing shifted to Decimomannu, Italy, as IPA2 began a ten-flight campaign with Meteor. Continuing the data gathering, the missile was flown for the first time on the underwing, outboard pylons on the aircraft, exploring the weapon’s reactions to flutter and vibration. The result of the two 2007 campaigns is that Meteor has now flown successfully on all operationally-applicable weapon stations on Eurofighter Typhoon.
Flight Test Fleet Powering Ahead
Qualifying Tranche 2
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/sp ... 1-2008.pdfIPA2, the Alenia-operated aircraft, has been carrying out important AMRAAM C5 separation tests. The objective was to check on the safe jettison of the missile in relation to other stores ensuring that, on launch, a safe distance is achieved between the weapon itself and the Paveway II store still loaded on the inboard pylon of the aircraft. Both the jet and the missile performed flawlessly. The successful test flight, conducted by Alenia Aeronautica at Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, means that all required weapons for operation with Tranche 1 are now cleared, including AIM-9L, ASRAAM, AMRAAM and IRIS-T for air-to-air combat, and Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway II, GBU-10 and GBU-16 for air-to-ground tasks. Lending their presence to Tranche 2 testing further, several IPAs have, in recent weeks, been heavily and successfully involved in Equipment qualification. The Computer Symbol Generator (CSG) and the Identification Friend/Foe (IFF) transponder have been put through a rigorous evaluation procedure to ensure the correct tagging of other airborne platforms. Additionally, the Interface Processor Unit (IPU), the system that deals with all Bus traffic between aircraft systems, has undergone a series of tests assessing correct maintenance recording and failure tracking.
Flight Test Achievements
On the morning of 24 October, Instrumented Production Aircraft Two (IPA2) lifted off from Alenia Aeronautica’s Caselle plant near Turin carrying the advanced Paveway IV air-to-surface weapon. The first phase aeromechanical integration tests with the new 500lb precision-guided store focussed on flutter and vibration investigations and were run by Alenia.
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/sp ... 2-2008.pdfVarious software packages have been seeing some flight time over the Summer and Autumn months. IPA2, IPA3 and IPA4 have all completed their contributions on the so-called Service Release Package SRP4.3, which is the final software release for the Block 8b standard covering multi-ship campaigns. Also, the 5.1 software, also known as the Final Operational Capability software, has made its first flights on the IPAs, and it will form the basis for all Tranche 2 standard and beyond aircraft.
Test the Best!
P1 Enhancements for Eurofighter Typhoon Move ForwardIPA 2, who recorded the earliest first flight of all the IPAs on 5th April 2002, Italian owned, tested the communication and navigation systems. It was also involved in weapons testing and was prominent in the Tranche 2 EJ200 testing. Currently in Caselle, the Alenia site in Turin, IPA 2 started a one year lay-up where it will undergo substantial modifications to bring the aircraft up to the functionality of a Tranche 2 production aircraft. The lay-up will involved dismantling the aircraft and updating its computers.
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/sp ... 1-2009.pdfAt the same time, Italian IPA2 performed trials with the 500lb Paveway IV bomb. After completion of Flutter and Environmental trials, the recent activities were focused on confirming the aircraft performance characteristics with the new class of dual mode guided 500lb bombs.