‘Radar of the future’ increases the combat capabilities of European fighters [video]
BERLIN, MADRID, (BM) – Airbus received a major contract to install the latest Captor-E radar on Eurofighter Typhoon fighters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Naked Science.
Airbus received a contract for the supply and integration of 115 Captor-E radars for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleets. The agreement was signed shortly after Berlin and Madrid approved the installation of the radar.
The contract provides for the supply and integration of 110 Captor-E radars for the German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon and an initial batch of five radars for the Spanish Air Force: deliveries must be completed by 2023.
The new radar stations will replace the CAPTOR-M multi-mode pulse-Doppler radars, which today no longer fully meet the requirements.
Captor-E has an active phased array and appears in a number of media as “the most advanced radar for fighters.” In any case, it will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter, securing it the status of one of the best multi-functional fighter aircraft in the world.
Recall that in 2018 the British Typhoon began to perform tasks with the new air-to-air missiles of the MBDA Meteor.
The Captor E electronically scanned radar is the future primary sensor on Eurofighter Typhoon.
The Captor-E electronically scanned radar is the future primary sensor on Eurofighter Typhoon and has a full suite of Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface modes.
The capacious aperture of the Eurofighter Typhoon allows the installation of Captor-E’s optimised and repositionable array whose field of regard is some 50 per cent wider than traditional fixed plate systems.
This wide field of regard offers significant benefits in both Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface engagements and given the large power and aperture available provides the pilot with much enhanced angular coverage compared to fixed plate systems.
CAPTOR-E will provide the following Key Features:
- Multimode Air/Air and Air/Ground fire control radar with WFoR re-positioner
- Increased Air-to-Air Range -Faster detection and tracking of targets
- Improved Tracking Performance
- Interleaved/ ‘simultaneous’ Air/Air & Air/Ground
- Extended Missile Guidance -Increased Operational Availability
- Reduced Life Cycle Cost -Growth Potential for Future Enhancements
Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet
Eurofighter Typhoon is a fourth-generation multirole fighter. Typhoon was designed and manufactured by Eurofighter GmbH, created in 1986 by the consortium Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems and EADS. Research promising aircraft began in 1979.
Currently, mass production of the fighter. The aircraft was put into service with the Air Force: Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. Contracts for delivery to Oman, Kuwait and Qatar have been signed.
The design features of the fighter reflect the desire of developers to use the latest world achievements in the field of aircraft and electronics.
To ensure the required level of maneuverability, especially at large angles of attack, the aircraft is designed according to the scheme with a low-lying triangular wing [sweep angle of 53 degrees] and a negative safety margin, two-section flaps and slats, a rotatable front horizontal tail [PGO], vertical keel with rudder without stabilizer. Such a scheme has several advantages, the main of which is the reduction in aircraft resistance at supersonic speeds.
The fuel reserve is located in the fuselage and wing fuel tanks, which completely occupy the caissons of the wing consoles.
The Typhoon uses a four-time redundant digital electronic remote control flight system, combined with an engine control system. It provides artificial stability and high maneuverability, as well as the deviation of the controls to achieve maximum aerodynamic quality in all modes and in the entire range of flight speeds and altitudes.
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