, the defence division of , has successfully finalized its flight testing of the Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) programme. After an intensive test programme of this First Batch of Enhancements on Instrumented Production Aircraft 4 and 7, this enhancement is confirmed to deliver a robust simultaneous multi-/swing-role capability to the Nations’ Air Forces. It will be ready for the customers by the end of 2013.
The testing took place at´s Military Air Systems Centers in Manching/Germany and Getafe/Spain, in cooperation with and Alenia Aermacchi. “The Phase 1 Enhancements will provide a significant leap in Eurofighter’s operational capabilities. Deploying multiple weapons with attack constraints simultaneously in all weather has never been easier”, said Chris Worning, Cassidians Eurofighter Project pilot.
P1E implements full Air-to-Surface capability on – including the Laser Designating Litening targeting Pod -, full smart bomb integration, modern secure Identification Friend or Foe (Mode 5), improved Radios and Direct Voice Input, Air-to-Surface Helmet Mounted Sight System, improved Air-to-Air capabilities including digital integration of Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles and updated MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System) Datalink functionalities for enhanced interoperability with Coalition Forces.
The enhancements cover the design, development, qualification and clearance of the first major upgrade after the Main Development Contract. It is a major milestone in the development ofgiving seamless air-to-ground integration to the weapon system and forming the baseline for further enhancements such as AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar and Meteor missile.