Leonardo IPSA 6 continues E-SCAN radar tests
Leonardo’s ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 has joined other Eurofighter Typhoon test aircraft with the E-SCAN radar after a lay-up period in November 2019.
During testing, the E-SCAN’s Antenna Repositioner provided pilots with a field of regard 50% wider than the conventional model’s fixed plate system.
Mario Mutti, head of project test pilot – fighters at Leonardo’s Aircraft Division, said: ‘The testing campaign for the new radar is particularly demanding… the new radar is perfectly integrated into a general growth of capabilities that includes sensors, weapons and increasingly advanced and performing functions.’
IPSA 6 is one of three Typhoon test aircraft fitted with E-SCAN, manufactured by the EuroRadar Consortium (led by Leonardo UK). It is currently allocated to the Eurofighter Consortium/NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency – Phase 3 Enhancement Package b (EF/NETMA P3Eb).
This programme will perform E-SCAN entry-into-service test flights and provide approval for its use by the Kuwaiti Air Force.
As part of our promise to deliver comprehensive coverage to Premium News subscribers, our curated defence news content provides the latest industry updates, contract awards and programme milestones.
More from Digital Battlespace
Military Space Cloud Architecture (MILSCA) will be able to store more than 100 Terabytes of data generated on Earth and in space on board each constellation satellite with a processing power exceeding 250 TFLOPS (250,000 billion operations per second).
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) initiated the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) programme in 2018 and in January 2021 awarded Other Transaction Agreements to L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman for the creation of prototype systems.
Project Beroe will underpin government control of future satellite constellations, further enhancing the UK’s multi-domain integration efforts.
WorldView Legion, a fleet of high-performance satellites, will expand Maxar’s ability to revisit the most rapidly changing areas on Earth to better inform critical, time-sensitive decisions.
India has ambitious plans to develop its ISR capabilities in space but has a fight on its hands if it wants to keep in touch with competing nations.
The Tracking Layer (TL) will deliver a global constellation of infrared missile warning and missile tracking satellites. The constellation will consist of approximately 270 operational Transport and Tracking Layer satellites.