Eurofighter Consortium Announces Phase 4 Enhancement Package for Typhoon

P4E package includes improved cockpit interface, DASS upgrades and electronic warfare capabilities, among others.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 12:00 PM, June 5, 2024
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Eurofighter Consortium Announces Phase 4 Enhancement Package for Typhoon
Eurofighter Typhoon fighter

Eurofighter consortium and the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) signed a contract on June 5 to develop the next capability enhancement package for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Phase 4 Enhancement (P4E) System Definition (SD) package for the Eurofighter Typhoon introduces several developments, including an automated sensor management capability for all Typhoon radars. This enhancement leverages the capabilities of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, enabling multiple simultaneous tasks while reducing pilot workload.

Additionally, the P4E package features an improved cockpit interface and enhanced Radio Frequency Interoperability (RFIO), aimed at improving both survivability and lethality. The package also includes upgrades to the Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS) for all users and introduces additional electronic warfare capabilities for the German Initial Operating Capability (IOC).

Eurofighter Consortium Announces Phase 4 Enhancement Package for Typhoon

The P4E SD will conduct analyses to extend the Typhoon's service life, ensuring its operational availability for decades.

Eurofighter CEO Giancarlo Mezzanatto emphasized the importance of the enhancements, stating that the Typhoon will protect European airspace into the 2060s, making it crucial to continue upgrading the platform's capabilities.

The capability development activity will be carried out by the four Eurofighter Partner Companies — BAE Systems, Airbus Germany, Airbus Spain, and Leonardo — with support from the wider consortium supply base.

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