The study will focus on developing modifications to the Typhoon's engine, cockpit, and other systems.
A $54 million contract was signed by members of the Eurofighter Typhoon program at the at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday to improve the fighter craft.
The contract includes a 19-month study of the aircraft’s modifications along with a nine-month study of EJ200 engine adaptations. Where the engine is concerned, priorities will be on range, persistence, and longer life cycles for components.
As the study reviews the plane, it will focus on redesigning its cockpit to include panoramic displays, improved target data systems, new outboard sensors, and high-speed data capabilities. The ultimate goal is to develop a variation of the plane to maintain operational readiness and alongside the aircraft’s competitive edge for several decades. The main organizations behind the Typhoon, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, Eurojet Turbo GmbH, and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, all promised to support long-term development of the craft.
“From this study we will look into operational effectiveness, interoperability and reduced costs, and fully exploit the full growth potential of the aircraft," said Raffael Klaschka, head of marketing at Eurofighter GmbH.
Announcement of the study comes days after a mockup of the next generation of the Eurofighter Typhoon, which will make the current design obsolete, was unveiled at the air show on Monday. The Typhoon entered operational service in 2003, with the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency being its primary user.
The first prototype of the new plane is expected by 2026 and a full replacement for the Typhoon should be introduced by 2040.