Italian Leonardo will deliver R&D work as well as key antenna, processor and APSC components for the HENSOLDT-led ECRS Mk along with the development and delivery of the Typhoon’s ECRS Mk0 and ECRS Mk2 radars.
Leonardo has announced in a press release that it has signed contracts valued at more than €260 million with HENSOLDT which will see the company playing a key role in the development and delivery of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft's ECRS Mk1 (European Common Radar System Mk1) E-scan radar, ordered by Germany and Spain. Leonardo will conduct development work on new wideband capabilities and provide core parts of the new radar’s antenna, APSC (Antenna Power Supply & Control), and its processor.
HENSOLDT is the design authority for the ECRS Mk1 radar, while Airbus Defence & Space will integrate the radar onto the Eurofighter Typhoon. Leonardo, drawing on its leadership of the EuroRADAR consortium that produces the ECRS Mk0, is providing enablers to HENSOLDT to assume the leadership role for the ECRS Mk1, bolstering Germany’s onshore combat air capabilities. The close collaboration on this project is representative of the strong wider partnership between the two defence electronics powerhouses.
The German and Spanish ECRS Mk1 radar introduces a digital multi-channel receiver and new wideband transmit-receive modules, enhancing Mk0 capability. In addition to the production of core antenna, APSC, and processor components, HENSOLDT has contracted Leonardo to perform development work on wideband capabilities that will exploit this new receiver and transmit-receive modules to boost the ECRS Mk1’s detection range and accuracy. The first ECRS Mk1 radar is expected to be produced in 2025.