A leading Spanish technology firm has signed a €90m contract to develop a sophisticated radar system for the European fighter aircraft, it was announced.
Spain’s technology group Indra, part of the Eurofighter programme, will work on “the most advanced” on-board radar Captor-E, which will equip the Eurofighter.
The company said in a statement that it is the third biggest overall supplier, alongside the UK, Germany and Italy, of avionics equipment and systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon.
“This partnership is unrivalled, allowing equal access to shared manufacturing, development and the creation of long-lasting political and industrial relations,” it said on Eurofighter’s website.
The new technology will provide the aircraft with a wider field of view compared to its competitors by using an active electronically scanned array (AESA) and the antenna’s ability to move. Other capabilities will allow for several operations to be carried out at the same time.
According to the company, more than 100 engineers will take part in the development work over the next few years. It is estimated the programme employs more than 100,000 people across Europe.