Warton to equip Typhoon with new £365m advanced radar

BAE Systems has welcomed news that the four nations behind the Eurofighter jet-building consortium have placed a contract for the full integration of the Captor E-Scan radar onto the Typhoon fighter jet.

E-Scan being fitted to Typhoon IPA5The contract is worth £365m to BAE Systems as the lead integrator on this new technology with the work being carried out at the company’s site in Warton.

This will give Typhoon one of the most advanced radar systems in the world providing a wider field of regard than any other combat aircraft with other benefits include increased detection and tracking ranges, advanced air-to-surface capability and enhanced electronic protection measures.

An upgraded BAE Systems Typhoon development aircraft has already undergone a series of modifications as part of ongoing Captor E-Scan development at Warton, and it flew for the first time with Captor E-Scan fitted in July this year and will continue both ground testing and flight trials. BAE Systems employs more than 10,000 people across its sites in Warton and Samlesbury with manufacturing work on Typhoon taking place at Samlesbury and final assembly, flight testing and further engineering taking place at Warton.