Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The Bundeswehr has received since 2004 warplanes Euro Fighter in three tranches (1, 2 and 3A). The tranches vary widely in the technical design and performance. When Trade Media Briefing by Airbus Defense and Space, the Head of fighter aircraft systems, Kurt Rossner, explains how the Bundeswehr Euro Fighter fleet will maintain the performance of.

As part of the Quadriga project, the Euro Fighter of the tranche to be 1 replaced by 38 new buildings, the most important feature of the new active Phased array radar (AESA) E-Scan Mk 1 will be. Airbus expects the procurement contract for seven two-seater and 26-seater with the option for a further five-seater in 2020 to complete with the Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw). Then, the first aircraft of Tranche 3B 2023/2024 could be extradited. As possible production rate around ten aircraft per year is specified.

The E-Scan Mk1 is the center of a large retrofit of existing Euro Fighter fleet. 110 German Euro Fighter of the tranche 2 and 3 are to be fitted from the second quarter 2022 with the AESA radar and thus obtained a considerably increased fire reconnaissance and conductivity, and capable for electronic countermeasures. Prerequisite for the start of the equipment is the conclusion of a corresponding contract no later than early 2020. The 19 Spanish Euro Fighter will receive the new radar in mid-2022nd

ECR / SEAD Euro Fighter

From the perspective of Airbus of Euro Fighter is also suitable for the Tornado, the phase-out is due from 2030 to replace all abilities. A total of 85 airplanes then have a service life of about 50 years behind.

From the perspective of Airbus of Euro Fighter is suited to the tornado, the phase-out is due from 2030 to replace all abilities. (Graphic: Airbus)

The Quadriga configuration sees Airbus as a good basis for the replacement of the Hornet and Tiger fighters Switzerland. For that Airbus has offered 40 euros Fighter that could be produced in a joint process with the German Euro fighters. Switzerland would benefit from the high production levels of scale.

The ECR / SEAD configuration shown to Airbus includes two Escort Jammer to the wing stations that are currently typically used for the carriage of external fuel tanks. The probability is very high that the complex ECR / SEAD duties would be taken over by a weapons system officer, which would require a two-seat version of the Euro Fighters.

Gerhard Heiming