At the International Fighter Conference in Berlin, Airbus and its partners unveiled details of the new Eurofighter ‘Electronic Combat Role’ (ECR) concept.
The firm says that this role will enlarge Eurofighter’s multi-role capabilities and further increase the survivability of coalition forces in hostile environments.
“Collaborative electronic warfare capabilities are essential for future combined air operations”, say the company in a release.
Initial Eurofighter ECR capability is expected to be available by 2026, followed by further development steps and full integration into the future combat air system (FCAS) ecosystems.
“Eurofighter ECR will be able to provide passive emitter location as well as active jamming of threats, and will offer a variety of modular configurations for electronic attack (EA) and suppression/destruction of enemy air defence (SEAD/DEAD).
Latest national escort jammer technology will ensure national control over features such as mission data and data analysis. The concept also features a new twin-seat cockpit configuration with a multi-function panoramic touch display and a dedicated mission cockpit for the rear-seat.”
Airbus say that the concept is driven by the leading aerospace companies Airbus, Hensoldt, MBDA, MTU, Premium Aerotec, Rolls-Royce and supported by the German national industry bodies BDSV and BDLI. It specifically targets the German Air Force requirements for an airborne electronic attack capability.