Cas­sid­ian de­vel­ops en­gi­neer­ing sup­port sys­tem for Eurofighter

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Cas­sid­ian is de­vel­op­ing a new en­gi­neer­ing sup­port sys­tem (ESS) for Ger­man Air Force Eurofighter. The Cas­sid­ian ESS acts as an in­ter­face for the ex­change of main­te­nance data with the air­craft, the anal­y­sis of air­craft and en­gine data, struc­tural loads, and the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of er­ror mes­sages from the Eurofighter avionic sys­tems.

A suc­ces­sor to the present ESS – which is used by the four Eurofighter core na­tions – is needed in or­der to pro­vide op­ti­mum sup­port for fu­ture equip­ment up­grades to the Eurofighter as of soft­ware ver­sion SRP12 (P1E). In ad­di­tion, the new sys­tem is fully con­nected to the Bun­deswehr’s lo­gis­tics in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (SASPF – stan­dard ap­pli­ca­tion soft­ware prod­uct fam­i­lies). The Cas­sid­ian ESS will also im­prove the op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of the Ger­man Eurofighter fleet, for in­stance sig­nif­i­cantly short­en­ing the in­spec­tion times be­tween con­sec­u­tive mis­sions.

The ESS has a mod­u­lar de­sign and con­tains a stan­dard in­ter­face for link­ing it to var­i­ous lo­gis­tics sys­tems. This not only en­ables it to sup­port other weapon sys­tems, but also to be tai­lored to the spe­cific re­quire­ments of other na­tions.

Cas­sid­ian was awarded the devel­op­ment con­tract by the Ger­man Fed­eral Of­fice of Bun­deswehr Equip­ment, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and In-Ser­vice Sup­port (BAAINBw) in early Oc­to­ber. The new sys­tem is be­ing devel­oped at the Mil­i­tary Air Sys­tems Cen­tre in Manch­ing in co­op­er­a­tion with the Ger­man Air Force, and will be de­liv­ered to the cus­tomer in 2014.

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