To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the date by which the AESA radar on Typhoon aircraft will achieve initial operating capability.
24 May 2022
The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA), the European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2), is planned to be integrated onto the frontline RAF Typhoon Force by 2030 through a wider four-nation Eurofighter programme called Phase 4 Enhancement (P4E). As well as requiring the ECRS Mk2 hardware and software development and embodiment, the programme remains subject to further funding and programmatic agreements between the four partner nations. The next phase of the programme completes development of the prototype of the new radar and integrates it onto a UK Typhoon trials and development aircraft operated by BAE Systems.
For the RAF Typhoon Force to declare initial operating capability as a capability milestone, it will also require commensurate investment in people, information, training and infrastructure which continues to be refined. This will ensure the UK receives maximum capability benefit from the new equipment.