BAE Systems has been awarded a contract extension worth £100m by Eurofighter GmbH to support Typhoon’s® Radar and Defensive Aids Sub System (RDSS), which forms the backbone of Typhoon’s advanced situational awareness and target identification capability.
The contract, which runs to July 2016, will be discharged by BAE Systems’ Military Air and Information with support from Finmeccanica - Selex ES (UK), as lead contractor for Euroradar and EuroDASS.
The RDSS Support Service provides an on-base RDSS equipment repair capability for the Typhoon fleets of the air forces of the UK, Germany and Spain. It also includes a Design Authority Support element, which provides engineering support and identification of improvements to enhance the reliability and availability of equipment for customers in the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy.
Jeff Cheetham, BAE Systems Support Delivery Director for Typhoon, said: “The Radar and Defensive Aids Sub Systems are both critical to the Typhoon’s operational effectiveness and maintaining them is a key requirement for customers. Delivering on this contract is vital to the ability of the aircraft to carry out its mission, now and in the future.”
The Captor M-Scan Radar allows the pilot to track long and short range air-to-air and air-to-surface targets in a number of modes, including fixed, moving and multiple target tracking. Meanwhile, Typhoon’s Defensive Aids Sub System detects and responds to outside threats to protect the aircraft. This includes Electronic Counter Measures pods, missile warners and a chaff and flare dispenser.
Andrew Cowdery, Chairman of Euroradar and EuroDASS, said: “The RDSS Support Service has delivered major benefits for our customers over the period of operations and has achieved year on year cost savings as part of a continuous improvement methodology built into the contract. We are proud to have been involved with the RDSS Support Service and look forward to the extension.”
Alongside BAE Systems and Selex ES, work is also being discharged by consortium partners Indra (Spain), Airbus Defence Electronics (Germany), Elettronica (Italy) and Selex ES (Italy).
The contract extension was signed by the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), on behalf of the four Eurofighter partner nations, and Eurofighter GmbH, on behalf of the industrial partners.