A new active electronic scanned array radar for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is entering the system integration phase of development according to Cassidian.
The new AESA radar for the Eurofighter Typhoon is entering the system integration phase. During a four-national programme review at Cassidian’s Ulm site the test and integration results of the CAPTOR-E Antenna subsystem were successfully presented to the representatives of the four Eurofighter core nations UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany.
“The test results achieved during the campaign were fully in line with the theoretical design and comply with the internationally agreed system specification by the four nations. The achieved results demonstrate the state-of-the-art performance and the high production standard of the Captor-E AESA antenna, the repositioner and the corresponding antenna power supply and control unit.” Cassidian said.
With the Captor-E radar system, the radar beam comes from several thousands, small transmit and receive modules instead of a central emitter, enhancing versatility while helping conceal the originating location of the beam.
In a next step, the antenna sub-system will go to Selex Edinburgh for integration and test with receiver and processor. Final integration of the CAPTOR-E radar into the industrial production aircraft (IPA5) is planned in springtime 2014.
The radar as a whole is being developed by the Euroradar consortium comprising Cassidian, Selex ES (UK and Italy), and Indra (Spain). The consortium already has developed and produced more than 400 mechanically scanning CAPTOR radars.