Military Embedded Systems

Eurofighter ESCAN radars to be integrated under Airbus contract


June 29, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Airbus photo.

NETHERLANDS. Airbus has won a contract for the development, supply, and integration of 115 Eurofighter ESCAN Radars for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleet. According to the company, it marks the largest order for the electronically scanned array radar, Captor-E, thus far. The contract signature followed the approval by both governments in recent weeks.

The contract foresees the delivery and integration of 110 Captor-E radars for Germany and an initial batch of five radars for Spain to be delivered by 2023. The new sensor will equip Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 Eurofighters as well as new aircraft. Whereas the Airbus sites in Manching, Germany and Getafe, Spain will act as overall integration Hub, the development and building of the radar will be subcontracted to a consortium under the leadership of Hensoldt and Indra and by participation of further Eurofighter partner companies.

The design of the Eurofighter Captor-E's front fuselage airframe is designed to allow Eurofighter to deliver a large electronically scanned array for increased detection and tracking ranges, Air-to-Surface capability, and enhanced electronic protection measures. The large antenna surface is intended to allow a wide field of regard to push the aircraft’s performance and establish its role as a valuable asset within the Future Combat Aircraft System environment.

The signed contract will also give an additional push to the export tenders Eurofighter is currently bidding for.  

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