BAE Systems said it is mvoing to the next phase of integrating its Digital GPS Anti-jam Receiver into the Eurofighter Typhoon after demonstrating functional compatibility and installation feasibility in the jetfighter. A consortium composed of BAE Systems, Airbus and Leonardo is behind the development of the twin-engine, multi-role warplane to support the air defense of the United Kingdom and its allies.
Under the aircraft’s Phase 4 Enhancements capability program, DIGAR will boost the Eurofighter Typhoon’s protection from GPS signal jamming, spoofing and radio frequency interference, enabling pilots to execute missions in challenging RF environments, BAE Systems said.
DIGAR’s features include advanced antenna electronics, optimal signal processing and digital beamforming to improve the GPS signal reception and achieve jamming immunity.
For the jetfighter to conduct digital beamforming anti-jamming, BAE Systems said it will provide the aircraft with the company’s new GEMVII-6 airborne digital GPS receiver working in tandem with the DIGAR antenna electronics unit.
Other military planes equipped with DIGAR include the F-16, F-15 and special-purpose U.S. aircraft such as unmanned aerial vehicles and planes for protection platforms, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
In a related development in July, Leonardo announced that its consortium is bringing survivability upgrades to the Eurofighter Typhoon’s Defensive Aids Sub-System under the aircraft’s P4E capability program.