Rohde & Schwarz has received an additional order for VHF/VHF radios to equip the Eurofighter Typhoon series aircraft. The company's close involvement with the project, which began when the series went into production in 1999, has now been extended to the first batch of the third production tranche. Each of the 88 aircraft ordered in this batch will be equipped with two VHF/UHF radios from Rohde & Schwarz. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2012.
A European consortium comprised of Rohde & Schwarz and its partners Selex Communications and Indra Sistemas is responsible for the Eurofighter Typhoon's VHF/UHF radio equipment. Eurofighter Typhoon radios belong to the successful R&S M3AR family that is used in other major projects such as the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft.
The Eurofighter Typhoon, a joint development effort of Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain, is one of the most advanced European fighter aircrafts in its class. With the start of the third tranche, 472 of the 620 aircraft planned for the four nations go into series production. Rohde & Schwarz also delivered the radios for the first tranche and has started deliveries for the second tranche. Export contracts for 15 and 72 Eurofighters have been signed and are in progress with Austria and Saudi Arabia respectively.