Many technologies are born to meet emerging needs at the frontiers of innovation. For example, Formula 1 has fielded various technological innovations that are now standard in our cars. One of these is ABS, which has improved the car's braking behaviour, saving countless lives.
Military research can also lead to similar results. Fighters need to function perfectly in extreme conditions, and for this, they require highly advanced equipment and sensors. This constant quest to push technology to new heights has led to increased use of carbon fibre in aeronautical programmes, along with the integration of digital technologies in the aircraft and its ground-based twin used for virtual training. These innovations will be the basis for future aeronautical programmes and other industrial applications in multiple fields.
The aircraft's equipment package features some of the most advanced technology in the industry. Leonardo supplies the ECRS Mk0 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and is developing the ECRS Mk2 version, the most advanced reconfigurable radar system ever made for a combat aircraft.
The Typhoon comes with an Infra-Red Search and Track system (PIRATE), for the simultaneous detection and tracking of single or multiple targets over a wide and complex field of view. Offering a comprehensive suite of electronic support measures and countermeasures, the Praetorian Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS) greatly enhances Typhoon’s ability to avoid, evade, counter and survive evolving threats. Having access to these technologies is fundamental, both today and in the future.