Farnborough, United Kingdom (AFP) July 20, 2010
The Eurofighter consortium said here on Tuesday that it would begin development of a cutting-edge radar system for its Typhoon combat jet, meeting a key Indian demand.
The AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar, unique for its low detection and high resistance to hostile jamming, is set to enter service in 2015, the consortium said at the Farnborough International Airshow near London.
The AESA system will be jointly developed with Euroradar, a multinational consortium.
"This is an important step in the Eurofighter programme and will ensure that Typhoon continues to lead the way as the world's best new generation multi-role combat aircraft," said Eurofighter chief executive Enzo Casolini.
"In consultation with our core nation customers we can offer an AESA capability that far exceeds any other radar available."
The project is understood to be driven mainly by the Indian Air Force's requirement of 126 AESA-equipped fighter jets, a contract which Eurofighter is hoping to win.
"This (radar) capability will mean that Eurofighter is in the best possible position when offering Typhoon to the export market," added Casolini.
Italy said on that it would slash an order for Eurofighter warplanes by 25 units from a planned 121 for a savings of about two billion euros (2.6 billion dollars).
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