Jul 17, 2017: Leonardo has welcomed an agreement between NETMA and Eurofighter for a Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS) capability upgrade for the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets. The two-year, €45M (£40M) agreement, which includes capability work by Leonardo, integration activities by BAE Systems and Ministry of Defence trials, will see the Typhoon’s 'Praetorian' DASS upgraded in order to meet the Royal Air Force’s future operational requirements. The agreement is part of a constant capability upgrade to ensure UK Typhoons can identify and defeat identified and emerging threats.
Praetorian is a suite of protective electronic systems installed inside the Typhoon including sensors and countermeasures that flawlessly collaborate to defend the jets from various threats. Leonardo leads the EuroDASS consortium (which also includes HENSOLDT, Elettronica and Indra) to provide the Praetorian system, which is a baseline system on the more than 500 Eurofighter Typhoons delivered so far. A majority of the UK’s new capability improvement agreement will be carried out by Leonardo at its electronic warfare centre in Luton, UK, while integration work and airworthiness clearances will be carried out by the UK’s Typhoon prime contractor BAE Systems in Warton, UK.
Kuwait has ordered from Leonardo more than 599 Typhoon jets in 2016 to procure 28 aircraft. Kuwait will receive the most recent (P3E) standard of the Typhoon which will consist of the Praetorian DASS.
On the whole, Leonardo offers more than 60 percent of the avionics for the Typhoon, including leading the consortia responsible for supplying the aircraft’s radar and infrared search and track (IRST) system. The company is responsible for around 36 percent of the Typhoon’s overall programme value, which includes parts of the aircraft’s structure, avionics and on-board electronics.
Leonardo is at present leading the EuroRADAR consortium in the growth of the Captor-E (E-Scan) radar for Typhoon. The new AESA radar will further boost the capability of the aircraft by offering a 60 percent wider field of regard. Kuwait will be the launch Typhoon operator to receive the new radar, in line with primary deliveries to the nation.