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€1bn contract to kit Typhoon with leading electronic radar system

A €1billion contract signed by defence ministers from a number of countries will lead to what is being called a 'world leading' electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The deal will see the Captor E-Scan Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System (AESA) integrated onto the Eurofighter Typhoon. 

The fighter's large nose aperture, combined with the ability to move the antenna, will give the Eurofighter Typhoon greater 'vision' than its competitors, delivering better operational performance to the aircraft and to its weapon system. 

The Captor E-Scan radar has a very large antenna size and repositioner, offering 200° Field of Regard. This is said to be 'significantly larger' than typical 'fixed plate' AESA radars, giving the Typhoon a tactical advantage. 

The larger antenna also supports more transmitter/receiver modules, leading to higher power and reception. 

Graham Pitcher