Eurofighter, Eurojet Turbo and the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) have agreed on cooperation and support for the long-term development of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.
The study contracts are worth EUR54 million. They will look at the Long Term Evolution of the aircraft and the EJ200 engine. Agreements will span a total of 19 months for the aircraft and 9 months for the engine elements.
According to Eurofighter, the LTE will identify ‘a suite of technology enhancements for the weapons system infrastructure and the engine that will ensure the aircraft remains operationally effective and can continue to spearhead the partner nations’ air forces for the decades to come’.
‘These contracts represent a significant step in shaping the future of Eurofighter and will ensure it continues to be one of the most important assets in the future operating environment’, said Herman Claesen, CEO of Eurofighter.
Under the LTE contracts a number of technology areas will be explored, such as: mission system architecture, the Praetorian Defensive Aids Sub-System, the human-machine interface, operational flexibility as well as engine performance.