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Leonardo IPSA 6 continues E-SCAN radar tests

1st June 2020 - 09:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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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.

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