Cassidian is developing a new Engineering Support System (ESS) for German Air Force Eurofighter. The Cassidian ESS acts as an interface for the exchange of maintenance data with the aircraft, the analysis of aircraft and engine data, structural loads, and the interpretation of error messages from the Eurofighter avionic systems.
A successor to the present ESS – which is used by the four Eurofighter core nations – is needed in order to provide optimum support for future equipment upgrades to the Eurofighter as of software version SRP12 (P1E). In addition, the new system is fully connected to the Bundeswehr’s logistics information system (SASPF – standard application software product families). The Cassidian ESS will also improve the operational capability of the German Eurofighter fleet, for instance significantly shortening the inspection times between consecutive missions.
The ESS has a modular design and contains a standard interface for linking it to various logistics systems. This not only enables it to support other weapon systems, but also to be tailored to the specific requirements of other nations.
Cassidian was awarded the development contract by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in early October. The new system is being developed at the Military Air Systems Centre in Manching in cooperation with the German Air Force, and will be delivered to the customer in 2014.
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Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.
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