Busy Year Ahead for the Four National Eurofighter Typhoon Team
Busy Year Ahead for the Four
National Eurofighter Typhoon Team
Eurofighter Typhoon Flight Test
Programme in Final Stages.
Source: Eurofighter Germany, February 20, 2006.
A busy year lies ahead for the four national
Eurofighter Typhoon team, as the programme has entered the final stages of
the main development with more than two thirds of the flight test programme
achieved so far. The testing of the air-to-air carefree handling Flight
Control System software is almost finished, the last clearances for the so
called Phase 4 software, necessary for the Block 2B standard aircraft will be
finalized over summer.
October 26 2005: The Eurofighter
Typhoon aircraft - One from the German Air Force; one Italian Air Force
Typhoon and another from the Royal Air Force; joined one Instrumented
Production Aircraft (IPA3) in formation over Vienna.
A new chapter in Eurofighter Typhoon’s development has now
been entered with testing of the air-to-ground Flight Control Software. This FCS
Phase 5 software, written by a Joint Team headed by EADS Military Air Systems in
Germany, will over the next months undergo rigorous testing in all four partner
nations and will involve six aircraft for testing and validating the data
required for the required clearances.
Development Aircraft DA2 in the UK will be conducting
carefree handling tests, low speed flying, asymmetrical loads in spring 2006.
This aircraft has been picked for these challenging tests, as it is the only
test aircraft to be flown with an anti-spin gantry to prevent the aircraft from
departure in extreme flight maneuvers.
DA3 at Alenia Finmeccanica in Italy will do performance
testing in respect to lift and drag, but also will jettison air-to-ground
weapons in summer.
Instrumented Production Aircraft IPA1 at BAE Systems in
Warton will focus on the clearances for the Paveway II and will concentrate on
flutter and vibration flight testing, envelope expansion and jettison of Paveway
II, starting end of February.
IPA3 undergoing wing load test with 4 x
Paveway II bombs and external fuel tanks
IPA3 at EADS Military Air Systems in Manching, Germany, will
be used for under wing load tests with the full air-to-air weaponry load plus up
to four Paveway II and external fuel tanks. Taxi tests will start end February,
some three flights are planned, also in asymmetrical configurations.
IPA4 in Spain at EADS CASA is the aircraft focusing on the
GBU-16 clearances. Having concluded electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) tests
with the GBU-16 laser guided bomb, IPA4 will be used for flutter and vibration
testing, pit drops and actual separation of GBU-16 including basic handling
tests throughout the summer of 2006.
Test Pilot C Worning and German Air
Force Pilot B Tantarn climbing out of IPA 3 cockpit after display at Manching,
IPA5, again at BAE Systems, is set for carefree handling, low
altitude and transonic testing.
After conclusion of the tests, the final clearances for the
Full Operational Capability (FOC) specified with the Main Development Contract
are expected in 2007 and then will be available in Block 5 aircraft. The first
Block 5 aircraft is already in final assembly in Germany. Deliveries of Block
5 aircraft will start early 2007.
Alongside with the Phase 5 software tests, the FOC avionics
functionality is now undergoing flight test, the second major area in the
Eurofighter Typhoon flight test programme. Rig tests were concluded already end
last year and a clearance for flight testing has been received from the NATO
Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) in December 2005. Main focus
will be the testing of the new Eurofighter Typhoon pilot helmet.
For more information, please contact:
Hoeveler, Vice President Communication , Eurofighter GmbH, +49 811 801 555
(Office) -- +49 170 855 0474 (Mobile).
- Mark Ritson : Head of
Public Relations, Eurofighter GmbH, +49 811 801 931(Office) -- +49 172 893