Sixth-generation fighter radars - A look into the future

The radars equipping tomorrow’s sixth-generation combat aircraft will be the most advanced ever to take to the skies, says Thomas Withington, examining their capabilities and how they might influence air combat

F-35
The fifth gen F-35 will like tomorrow’s sixth-generation jets, fight as part of a much larger force of sea, land, air, and cyber assets
Joe Campion

The UK Ministry of Defence has announced a $278m deal to install the ECRS Mk 2 radar on board the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. The announcement in July said Leonardo has developed the ECRS Mk 2 to be installed on the RAF’s Tranche-2/3 jets, equipping 40 and possibly 67 aircraft, respectively. Reports stated the new radar should reach an initial operational capability on the RAF’s Typhoons circa 2030. The ECRS Mk 2 is a step change for the Typhoon’s radar capabilities compared with the current Euroradar Captor-M systems furnishing the aircraft.

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