Thomson Racal Defence has won a contract to start development of the mission support system (MSS) for the Eurofighter. The deal is expected to be worth more than £20 million ($30 million).

Racal, a wholly owned UK subsidiary of French electronics conglomerate Thomson-CSF, will be responsible for the mission planning and briefing (MPB) part of the system, which will provide automatic route suggestions from base to target and the return leg, a three-dimensional fly-through, target planning and briefing.

Racal has developed mission planning systems for Royal Air Force Boeing Sentry AEW1 airborne warning and control platform, BAE Systems Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft and Panavia Tornado GR1Bs.

Source: Flight International