New Radar, EW and Avionics Under Halcón Programme
Indra is to equip the Spanish Air Force’s new Eurofighters with new avionics and sensors and will maintain the aircraft for the next five years, the company announced on 22 December.
The company will supply ESCAN electronic scanning radar and DASS EW systems for the 20 aircraft covered by the Halcón programme and destined to replace F-18s in the Canary Islands. The value of this contract is stated as €80 million. In addition, Indra has seen its maintenance contract for the existing fleet renewed, at the rate of €20 million/year for the next five years.
“Indra is the second-largest supplier of avionics systems for the Eurofighter, and the only European company to be involved in the different radar systems the Eurofighter will use in the future. This ensures it has in-depth knowledge of a key technology in the defence field. This achievement is directly tied to our commitment to the continuous development of state-of-the-art technologies, the digitalization of defence systems and our goal to pave the way for the Spanish industry to participate in large-scale defence projects, relying on our position as global leader,” stated CEO, Ignacio Mataix.
The Halcón programme contracts also covers supply and integration of over 15 additional sets of avionics equipment for various key sub-systems, including communications and cockpit survival systems, consumables monitoring, and platform health management. These new contracts are over and above the contract for over €100 million, announced last July, to equip 38 German Eurofighters with state-of-the-art technology.
Indra’s participation in the evolution of the Eurofighter will complement its role as the Spanish industrial coordinator of the NGWS/FCAS development programme, for which it is the international leader in the sensor pillar and the domestic leader in three other pillars.