New radar for East Lancs jet closer to take off

A STATE-of-the-art new radar has moved a step closer to being installed on a fighter jet built in Lancashire.

Work is underway on modifications and upgrades to a Typhoon development aircraft, named IPA5, as part of a programme to integrate an electronically-scanning radar, the E-scan radar.

The aircraft, which is assembled at BAE’s bases in Samlesbury and Warton, has moved to the Final Assembly Hangar at Warton, which marks the end of the re-build phase of IPA5. which got under way in August 2012.

IPA5 will now undergo a series of tests by the team, including dedicated fuel and hydraulic system testing, with the flight operations team at Warton.

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