Eurofighter IPA 8 assembly progresses at Cassidian
In Manching, Cassidian is working on the Instrumented Production Aircraft 8, which will be equipped with the latest flight test facilities for developing new future capabilities for the Eurofighter Typhoon.
“IPA 8 is based on the latest Eurofighter Tranche 3 construction standard and is furthermore equipped with state-of-the-art flight test instrumentation. That makes the aircraft the most advanced Eurofighter in the world,” said Berndt Wuensche, Eurofighter Programme Manager at Cassidian.
“IPA 8 can make essential contributions to further developing Eurofighter capabilities in the coming decades – for example, electronic beam scanning for radar, enhanced weapon integration and improvements to mission equipment,” he continued.
After assembling the individual major structural components, the aircraft was transferred to the next production station on the final assembly line in Manching, where the test aircraft’s hydraulic, defensive aids and electrical systems and its complex special cabling are being installed.
The specialists at Cassidian have equipped the modern Eurofighter with more than 110 km of cable in the past few months and additionally installed pressure, flow and electrical data sensors and the test flight instrumentation and computer into the aircraft. Equipped in that way, all the relevant aircraft parameters can be communicated in real time from the air to the flight test engineers on the ground.
All four of the Eurofighter programme’s partner nations have test aircraft available, which they are using to test new capabilities on the basis of their development focuses. Cassidian is responsible primarily for the Eurofighter’s flight control system, its flight behaviour, radar and fire control systems and infrared sensor.