implements full air-to-surface capability onto the Typhoon Tranche 2 aircraft.
BAE Systems began flying a modified instrumented production aircraft from its Warton final assembly site in Lancashire late last year in support of the P1E
The test data gained in these trials will allow the air vehicle aspects of the P1E
capability development to be progressed.
Further trials will follow on IPA1 at BAE Systems and IPA4 at EADS CASA in configurations of up to six air-to-surface stores in order to prove the safe release of the new P1E weapons from the aircraft.
IPA7 at EADS Deutschland will also join the P1E air vehicle trials in 2009 to prove handling qualities and carefree handling with the Paveway IV weapon.
The P1E enhancements package delivers much more flexibility in mission planning.
Testing of the P1E package was conducted through a combined industry and MOD team.
implements full Air-to-Surface capability on Eurofighter Typhoon - including Laser Designator Pod -, full smart bomb integration, modern secure Identification Friend or Foe (Mode 5), improved Radios and Direct Voice Input, Air-to-Surface Helmet Mounted Sight System, improved Air-to-Air capabilities including digital integration of Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles and updated MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System) Datalink functionalities for enhanced interoperability with Coalition Forces.