Military Embedded Systems

AESA radar for U.K. air force fleet brings $420 million contract win for BAE Systems, Leonardo


September 04, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

T3 Typhoon photo: UK Royal Air Force/SAC Cathy Sharples

LONDON. Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) is set to receive active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to equip its Typhoon combat jets under a £317 million ($420 million) contract between the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and BAE Systems and Leonardo.

Under the terms of the deal, the MoD/industry cooperative will deliver what's being called the European Common Radar System Mark 2 radar to install a multifunctional array providing advanced electronic warfare (EW) and electronic-attack capabilities in the Typhoon fleet, as well as more traditional radar functions. It is expected that the initial Mk2-equipped Typhoons -- plus three complete radar systems -- will be delivered to the MoD in 2022 for test and evaluation work. 

Initial operating capability for the upgraded RAF jets is planned for soon after 2025.


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