Fylde BAE Systems workers have been given a boost after the four Eurofighter partner nations placed a multi-million pound order for an updated radar system for Typhoon.
The electronic scanning Captor E-Scan radar will make the Typhoon more attractive to prospective customers and could improve its chances of further sales overseas.
The contract has been welcomed by Fylde’s MP Mark Menzies. It is worth £365m to BAE Systems and will safeguard jobs at Warton on the Fylde.
This will give Typhoon one of the most advanced radar systems in the world scanning a wider field than any other combat aircraft.
Other benefits include increased detection and tracking ranges, advanced air-to-surface capability and enhanced electronic protection measures.
An upgraded development aircraft has already undergone a series of modifications as part of ongoing Captor E-Scan development.
It flew for the first time at the Farnborough Air Show in July.
Martin Taylor, Managing Director, Combat Air at BAE Systems, said: “This is a major step forward in the development of Typhoon.
“From the outset, the aircraft was built with capability enhancement in mind and this step is proof that we are developing Typhoon to keep it relevant for today and for the future. Typhoon has become the backbone of a number of air forces and with the potential for further development it will be meeting the needs of modern warfare for decades to come.”
The Eurofighter Typhoon is regarded as one of the world’s leading swing-role combat aircraft.
BAE Systems and the UK will now work with partners Germany, Spain and Italy to achieve the in-service requirements of each Typhoon customer.