MOD awards £870m radar contract to BAE Systems

By Tim Aldred

05 Jul 2023

BAE Typhoon ECRS Mk2 Radar

The Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems an £870m contract to deliver a new radar for its the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon fighter jet fleet.

The contract will see further development of technology and integration work on the European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk2 radar by BAE Systems and Leonardo UK. The work is expected to lead to initial flight testing in 2024.

BAE Systems leads the overall design, development, manufacture and upgrade of the Typhoon aircraft for the UK and Leonardo is the lead for the aircraft’s main sensing and survivability systems including its radar and defensive aids sub-system.

The ECRS Mk2 radar programme sustains 120 advanced engineering jobs at BAE Systems' site in Lancashire, as well as more than 300 at Leonardo's site in Edinburgh and more than 100 electronic warfare specialists at the company’s site in Luton.

The contract is part of the UK government announcement made in July 2022, to invest £2.35bn in the continued technology advancements in Typhoon capabilities, as recognition of its long-term role supporting national security and defence priorities. 

Andrea Thompson, managing director – Europe & International at BAE Systems’ Air Sector, said: "Typhoon is a fantastic aircraft which continues to provide crucial support to defence and security operations around the world, including NATO air policing in Eastern Europe.

"The continued evolution of Typhoon as a world-class combat air platform ensures the RAF maintains its advantage and protects the vibrant eco-system that supports our sovereign combat air capability in the UK, through sustaining and evolving the technical skills central to the UK’s future combat air strategy.” 

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