Eurofighter Typhoon | Italy joins UK in developing ECRS Mk2 radar
Defence Redefined
Published on 15/09/2021 at 13:15

An Italian team of engineers from Leonardo’s Nerviano is strengthening the British European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) radar development team for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The program remains open to further international participation. This collaboration constitutes the first step towards Italy’s full participation in the program.

The ECRS Mk2 radar, designed and built by Leonardo for integration onto the BAE Systems aircraft, is expected to be the cutting edge of advanced fighter radar technologies. The capabilities of the ECRS Mk2 will give the Eurofighter Typhoon a world-leading reprogrammable electronic warfare capability. Through a multi-functional array (MFA) system, it can detect and block enemy radars, thus increasing the efficiency and survivability of the aircraft. 

A key feature of the Eurofighter Typhoon is the fact that the aircraft’s operational data is accessible for reprogramming by users, thus contributing to the operating nations’ strategic sovereignty. 

The UK has also extended its invitation to Finland to join the program, which would benefit the Finnish industry and deepen the defence relations between the Air Forces of the two countries.

The ECRS Mk2 program continues to progress at pace with initial hardware being delivered to BAE System Warton in 2022 for aircraft integration and flight trials.

Source: Leonardo Company

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