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RAF Typhoons To Receive £317m Radar Upgrade

The RAF is also one step closer to introducing new anti-drone technology after it achieved initial operating capability.

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Royal Air Force Typhoons are to be equipped with next-generation radar following a £317m investment.

The fighter jets will be equipped with the European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk2, which will "provide a capability edge in the increasingly contested battle-space", according to the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The technology means Typhoons will be able to simultaneously detect, identify and track multiple targets in the air and on the ground.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: “It is vital that our Armed Forces are equipped with the latest technology to counter emerging threats from our adversaries.”

It is hoped the radar will be in service by the mid-2020s and will provide more than 600 jobs across the UK.

Additionally, the RAF is one step closer to bringing counter-drone technology, ORCUS, into force.

Capable of jamming radio signals from drones, ORCUS has already been successfully deployed during drone sightings at airports, the MOD said.

Royal Air Force Typhoons recently completed a NATO mission in Lithuania (Picture: RAF).

The anti-drone technology, which looks like a camera placed on a tripod, will enable the RAF to use advanced radar, electro-optic and radio frequency sensors and an electronic attack countermeasure.

It has achieved initial operating capability after succesfully completing tests.

The technology is part of the RAF’s Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) research and development programme.

C-UAS equipment played a supporting role in allowing flights to resume at Gatwick and Heathrow airports in 2018 and 2019, following drone sightings.

Cover image: RAF Typhoon (Picture: MOD).