Eurofighter AMRAAM missile tests in SpainEurofighter fires AMRAAM based on datalink data
Yesterday a unique AMRAAM firing trial was carried out by two Eurofighters operating form Moron Air base in Southern Spain.
The objective of the testing was to fire the AMRAAM missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon whilst its radar was in passive mode and thus "invisible" for Electronic Support Measures (ESM) Systems. The necessary target data for the missile was acquired by the radar of a second Eurofighter Typhoon and transmitted using the Multi Functional Information Distribution System (MIDS). Both aircraft were separated by quite a distance in range.
Spain's IPA4 led the trial as the "firer", while IPA5 as the "cooperator" illuminated the target with its radar active. This trial is the first known testing of its kind and is the first missile firing that Spain has participated in as part of the Eurofighter Typhoon programme, building on their previous flight test work which includes Meteor environmental testing and air-to-ground weapon trials.