The heart of the Typhoon, like that of all modern combat aircraft, lies in its integrated avionics suite, and especially the Captor Radar.

This is supplied by Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems (Selex S&AS), Finmeccanica's newly created defence electronics giant. This was formed from two component companies, Galileo Avionica in Italy and the former BAE Systems Avionics of the UK, and leads the EuroRadar consortium (Selex S&AS, EADS, Galileo Avionica and Indra).

The Captor radar delivers a 'first sight, first kill' capability and provides the Eurofighter Typhoon with world beating air-to-air and air-to-surface capability to support swing-wing operation.

Captor has been extensively tested and proven in the laboratory and in extremely demanding air trials. The radar can detect, identify, prioritise and engage targets far beyond the effective range of enemy weapon systems, and was understood to have demonstrated vastly superior performance that the Republic of Singapore Air Force had believed possible, and provides low costs of ownership while retaining built-in growth capacity.

Eurofighter has no customer requirement for an AESA radar, and feels that Captor's large mechanical 'dish' offers lower risk and cost and higher performance. Some 140 Captor radars have been delivered and have demonstrated excellent hardware reliability. Operators have rarely lost a sortie due to radar problems.

Eurofighter Typhoon is protected by a state-of-the-art Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS), produced by a EuroDASS consortium, led by SELEX S &AS, and including Elettronica of Italy, INDRA of Spain and EADS of Germany. The DASS incorporates a suite of self-protection sensors and countermeasures that will detect, evaluate and identify potential threats beyond their lethal range and which can deal with multiple threats simultaneously and automatically, deploying the most effective countermeasure.

RAF Typhoons incorporate a highly specialised Selex laser warner which detects laser energy from rangefinders, designators, sensor dazzle lasers and laser weapons, providing 360 coverage against multiple threats.

Source: Flight Daily News