Leonardo plays a key role in the Typhoon programme, which is a collaboration between Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. Leonardo’s Aircraft Division has a 19% programme share and a final assembly line in Caselle, near Turin. With avionics and sensors developed by the company’s Electronics Division, Leonardo’s total programme share is 36%.
A Powerful Combat Aircraft
A twin-engine, supersonic, single or two-seat multi-role combat aircraft, Typhoon incorporates the latest technologies and is manufactured using advanced materials, industrial processes and assembly techniques. The fusion of the aircraft’s on-board active and passive sensors gives pilots superior situational awareness and net-centric operational capability.
Leonardo leads the Euroradar consortium responsible for developing the Typhoon’s future primary sensor, the CAPTOR-E radar. Evolving the capability of the CAPTOR-M radar, CAPTOR-E gives the pilot an enhanced wide field of regard which offers significant benefits for both air-to-air and air-to-surface engagements.
Developed by the Leonardo-led Eurofirst international consortium, the Pirate Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) allows the Typhoon aircrew to simultaneously detect and track single or multiple targets across a wide field of regard in the most heavily congested operational environments.
Offering a comprehensive suite of electronic support measures and countermeasures, the Praetorian Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS) developed by the Leonardo-led EuroDASS consortium, greatly enhances Typhoon’s ability to avoid, evade, counter, and survive evolving threats.
Through long-term partnership agreements, Leonardo provides in-service support to the Typhoon fleets of the Royal Air Force and Aeronautica Militare – helping to improve the availability of the aircraft and saving costs.
Operational Around the World
Typhoon entered service with the Royal Air Force in 2003 and with the Aeronautica Militare in 2004. Along with the other partner nations, which have already ordered 510 Typhoons, international customers include Saudi Arabia (72 aircraft), Austria (15), Oman (12), Kuwait (28) and Qatar (24), making a total of 661 aircraft ordered so far.