10/24/2008 - Flight tests for the advanced
capabilities covered by the Phase 1 Enhancement (P1E)
programme for Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 2 weapon
systems have commenced with today’s first flight of a
Paveway IV on Instrumented Production Aircraft IPA2 at
Alenia Aeronautica’s facility in Turin, Italy.
First phase aeromechanical integration tests
(Flutter, Vibration) of this new 500lb precision
guided store are to be conducted at Alenia
Aeronautica. Further trials will follow on IPA1 at BAE
Systems and IPA4 at EADS CASA in configurations of up
to six air-to-surface stores in order to prove the
safe release of the new P1E weapons from the aircraft.
This flight test phase will also include the 1000lb
dual mode precision guided EGBU-16 bomb. The test data
gained in these trials will allow the air vehicle
aspects of the P1E capability development to be
IPA7 at EADS Deutschland will also join the P1E air
vehicle trials in 2009 to prove handling qualities and
carefree handling with the Paveway IV weapon.
Avionics flight trials involving all four Tranche 2
standard Instrumented Production Aircraft are to
follow this first test campaign, leading to service
release of P1E(a) Capabilities in 2011.
The start of P1E flight trials marks a significant
step towards the availability of an Enhanced
Multi-Role Capability on Eurofighter Typhoon which is
being developed under the First Batch of Enhancements
Contract, agreed with the Core Nations in March 2007.
Eurofighter CEO, Aloysius Rauen, stated: "The
insertion of new capabilities onto Eurofighter Typhoon
represents the consortium's drive to provide our
customer Air Forces with a weapon system that meets
all current and projected mission requirements. These
new technologies and new weapons will make the best