Airbus on February 25, 2019 has delivered the first upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter to the Spanish Air Force, the aircraft C.16-23. The upgrade was carried out at Airbus facilities in Getafe and involved the introduction of hardware modifications which support the Operational Flight Program 02 (OFP-02) developed by the Armament and Experimental Logistics Centre (CLAEX).
It is the first time that the Spanish Air Force modifies both avionics equipment and software in the Eurofighter, also incorporating new operational requirements.The upgrade developed by Airbus includes modifications that integrate Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 equipment on the aircraft, not least a Computer Symbol Generator, Digital Video and Voice Recorder, Laser Designator POD and Maintenance Data Panel.
The modified spanish Eurofighter C.16-23 also integrates target laser designation capability with the Litening 3 pod, improvements in electronic warfare and communications (MIDS), among others. The flight of the Eurofighter C.16-23 has taken place taking off from ADS-Getafe to land at the Morón air base.
This first single-seat Eurofighter (serial number SS003), to be followed by a second two-seat aircraft currently undergoing the upgrade, will be used initially by CLAEX as a test aircraft for the qualification of these new capabilities that will be implemented on the Air Force’s fleet of 15 Tranche 1 Eurofighters.
Source and photo credits: Airbus Industries, Ejercito del Aire