Aditya_V wrote:Are they waiting for the quartz nose cone before conducting the BVR missile tests, as they would able to test the maximum engagement ranges etc.
First, they need to integrate a BVR to the avionics, pylons and radar. After that, they would need to carry BVR missiles in multiple payload configurations and put it through various flight envelopes. Once those are cleared, they can fire it unguided to clear separation parameters. Then only would they perform guided tests, which would include engaging non-manoeuvring/manoeuvring targets head-on, receding and crossing at min/max range and up/down against clutter/ECCM/supersonic. Also, add multiple target engagements. All this would probably require at least 10 launches, but probably more is likely.
Here is a snippet of Eurofighter's AMRAAM testing
News | Mar 17, 2005
(Hallbergmoos – 15 March 2005) Eurofighter GmbH announced today the success achieved in recent Advanced Medium Range Air-Air Missile (AMRAAM) guided firing trials – a further milestone in proving the maturity of the Weapon System.
Typhoon DA4, piloted by BAE Systems Chief Test Pilot Paul Hopkins with Dave Sully in the rear seat, participated in the weapons trials at the QinetiQ Deep Sea Range at Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, and was supported by an RAF flight refuelling tanker, a Nimrod MR2 to check for surface vessels within the danger area, and by the Royal Navy, who provided the unmanned Mirach targets.
The profile for this test required the Typhoon aircraft to track two targets by radar, to simulate an attack on one Mirach using a captive AMRAAM missile while simultaneously attacking the second target with an active missile. The active AMRAAM scored a direct hit on the target and destroyed it.
The developing maturity of the aircraft will be further demonstrated through the planned forthcoming guided firings, which include a launch against a jamming supersonic target, a shot using tracking data from a second Typhoon through the MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System) data-link, and a twin firing against two targets.
Brian Phillipson, Programme Director Eurofighter GmbH, commented: With more than 30 aircraft in service with our four Nations, and further deliveries now being made weekly, it is important that we steadily release more and more capability to our partner air forces as they build up their fleets and their experience. This complex firing is another successful achievement in our continuing development programme, another example of the progressive capability demonstration and clearance our customers are expecting from us. It is also another demonstration of the tremendous capability of the Eurofighter compared to previous generations of combat aircraft.