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Meggitt plc has been awarded a £4.2 million (€4.7 million) contract with BAE Systems to supply innovative nose radomes for the TYPHOON aircraft.

The UK has committed to developing game-changing technologies which will equip RAF TYPHOONs with a world-leading EW capability, in addition to traditional radar functions, including wide-band electronic attack. BAE Systems and Leonardo are on contract to deliver the European Common Radar Systems Mk 2 (ECRS Mk 2), which will equip RAF pilots with the ability to locate, identify and suppress enemy air defences using high-powered jamming.

As part of this programme, Meggitt has used its advanced composite expertise to design a new higher and broader bandwidth radome, to protect the new multi-function array radar from environmental effects, prevent electromagnetic interference whilst being aerodynamically stable and highly transmissive for the AESA radar system’s operational modes.

This next generation radar will provide game-changing capabilities to the TYPHOON. Our Stevenage facility is a specialist site for this class of cutting-edge radome development and manufacture [and we are] working with BAE Systems and Leonardo to meet the future ongoing operational needs of the RAF,” commented Chris Allen, President of Meggitt’s Airframe division.

The new radome will be highly transmissive to the frequencies in use for the ECRS Mk 2. (Photo: Meggitt plc)

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