Air zone

DSEI 2017
ExCel London
We design, manufacture, upgrade, and support combat and trainer aircraft for customers around the world, and supply electronics across a range of military and commercial aircraft, as well as developing the next-generation of Unmanned Air Systems.

Zone floor plan

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Product List

  • 1 - Eurofighter Typhoon®
  • 2 - Eurofighter Typhoon® - sensor fusion
  • 3 - Striker II® helmet mounted display
  • 4 - Striker II® cockpit demo
  • 5 - Cockpit evolution
  • 6 - Future air strategy
  • 7 - Future combat air operating environment
  • 8 - F-35 Lightning II
  • 9 - AN/ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS)
  • 10 - LiteHUD®
  • 11 - DLE HUD
  • 12 - Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket
  • 13 - Electronic systems capabilites
  • 14 - XTS guard


1 - Eurofighter Typhoon®

Eurofighter Typhoon thumbnail Eurofighter Typhoon® is the most advanced multi-role aircraft available today, in operational use around the globe and capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, close air support and high intensity conflict. Eurofighter Typhoon’s potent combination of air superiority and combat-proven air-to-surface capabilities make it the backbone of several major air forces around the world. Already in operation with five air forces across Europe and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the first aircraft have recently been delivered to the Sultanate of Oman and Typhoon has also been chosen by the State of Kuwait. With a significant programme of upgrades already on contract and a long future capability path being defined, Eurofighter Typhoon will remain at the leading edge of capability for decades to come. The next stage of the aircraft’s enhancement programme is the Royal Air Force’s Project Centurion. The first part of which is complete and entering service with the Royal Air Force. This includes the Meteor® missile, offering extreme beyond visual range air-to-air capability and the deep attack Storm Shadow® air-to-surface weapon. The second part integrates the low-collateral, precision strike Brimstone® weapon which along with significant avionics enhancements ensures that Eurofighter Typhoon will continue to meet operational demand.


2 - Eurofighter Typhoon® sensor fusion

Image of Eurofighter Typhoon Sensor Fusion
The Eurofighter Typhoon® sensor fusion demonstration illustrates the intelligent fusion between a range of cutting edge sensors and systems on board the aircraft, providing an insight into the capabilities which will be delivered as part of Project Centurion for the Royal Air Force – the next phase of capability enhancement for Typhoon®. The demonstration also offers an insight beyond Project Centurion, and looks at some of the leading edge technologies which the Typhoon programme will seek to integrate, including: 
  • E-Scan radar - Further enhancing the aircraft’s offensive and defensive capabilities (as shown in the Sensor Fusion demonstration). The power, sensitivity and wide field of regard of the Captor-E radar increases Eurofighter Typhoon’s lethality and survivability offering improved detection and combat identification of air and surface targets at greater ranges. The concurrent improvements in intelligent sensor management will decrease pilot workload providing even greater tactical advantage and flexibility.
  • Striker II helmet - A fully-digital colour Helmet Mounted Display system which builds on decades of combat-proven experience by BAE Systems to provide today’s fast jet pilot with unrivalled situational awareness and flexible weapons’ cueing night and day. Typhoon’s weapon system is optimised to exploit Striker II’s capabilities across all roles including Close Air Support and Air Combat. Air Combat. Striker II can integrate a night vision camera into the helmet and removes performance limitations associated with existing night vision goggles.
  • SPEAR® surface attack weapon  – Typhoon will carry up to 12 of these compact precision strike stand-off missiles, allowing engagement of fixed, static and moving targets at range, both on land and at sea. Fitted with the latest generation multi-sensor seeker, SPEAR is able to operate in all combat conditions.

3&4 - Striker II®

Striker II helmetmounted display Striker® II is the world's most advanced helmet-mounted display. Fully digital and in full colour, Striker II provides today’s combat pilots with remarkable situational awareness, night vision, target tracking and 3D audio – all within a fully integrated, visor-projected system. The new platform-agnostic Striker II HMD builds on BAE Systems’ original Striker HMD, which is in-service in more than eight nations and proven through decades of combat experience. Striker II brings its high-performance digital night vision camera into the helmet – reducing the effects of g-force on the pilot’s head and neck to improve comfort – ultimately eliminating the need to manually configure and adjust night vision goggles. This seamless day-to-night transition means there is no trade off between the situational awareness provided by the visor-projected display and the acuity of the night vision goggles. The compact system allows the pilot unhindered movement within the cockpit, whilst maintaining tracking display performance throughout the mission.

5 - Cockpit Evolution

Image of Cockpit Evolution HMI The Human Machine Interface (HMI) in current generation cockpits is largely dominated by the physical layout of displays and controls. As new capabilities such as sensors and weapons are added to the platform, the challenge has been to manage the additional information available within the cockpit and the complexity of the decisions to be made.  
BAE Systems is envisaging a wearable VR cockpit concept for future combat aircraft with limited or no hardwired controls or displays. We are fully exploiting the use of flexible HMI technologies such as helmet-based displays and flexible multimodal control technologies including voice, gesture, touch and eye tracking, to provide a fully upgradable, adaptable and customisable interface. Our engineers are using VR to visualise the evolution of cockpit technology from the present day into a virtual reality cockpit concept that will meet customers’ requirements for affordable upgradable products that deliver operational advantage.


6 - Future air strategy

Taranis taxiing at Warton, Lancashire Our presence at DSEI will provide us with the opportunity to showcase our thinking on the future of the military air sector, as we continue to invest in technologies, skills and partnerships. We will present, for example, some of the technologies that the Typhoon programme will aim to integrate beyond the next stage of the UK’s phased enhancement programme. We will also highlight our considerations for the future operating environment, along with some of the technologies which we are researching and developing as part of our commitment to helping our customers maintain their military advantage and protect what matters most.


7 - Future combat air operating environment

BAE Systems recognises that the environment within which combat air forces must operate will continue to be volatile and unpredictable. The UK Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS) Technology Initiative is exploring the potential solutions (manned and unmanned) to operate in this future battlespace. Success in this environment will require co-operative operations and communications between all the ‘players’ and we are exploring a range of options to meet this need.
This demonstration visualises the potential operational utility and interoperability of an Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS), similar to that being envisaged for the France-UK UCAS demonstrator programme, in co-operation with manned platforms such as Typhoon and other assets during a typical mission. This showcases the capabilities of BAE Systems Multi System Integration Facility (MSIF) and highlights the importance of an interconnected battlespace to delivering Operational effect.


8 - F-35 Lightning II

F35 Fighter jet at supersonic speeds BAE Systems is teamed with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to deliver the F-35 Lightning II, the world’s largest defence programme and the first, and only, fifth generation, low-observable, supersonic, multi-role fighter.
BAE Systems brings military aircraft and systems expertise to the programme that is critical to the development, manufacture and support of the F-35 in the areas of:
  • Systems engineering
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Structural and Flight test
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Performance Based Support Solutions
  • Training and Maintenance
  • Interoperability and Operational support
BAE Systems flight simulation facilities have been used to support the design and development of the interface between the F-35 Lightning II and the QEC aircraft carriers.  Elements of both designs have been assessed and improved through simulation, including:
  • Visual Landing Aids, including lights and flight deck markings
  • Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing
  • Helmet Mounted Display symbology for embarked operations
  • QEC CONOPS for fixed wing operations
  • Landing Signal Officer (LSO) Situational Awareness Aids and LSO/pilot CONOPS  


9 - AN/ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS)

Image of Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) The Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS), based on advanced wideband digital technology and completely integrated functionality, protects new and legacy aircraft by providing radar warning, situational awareness, offensive targeting support, and self-protection. System capabilities include all-aspect, broadband radar warning; emitter location; multispectral RF/IR countermeasures; and response management. These capabilities are accomplished through multiple channels of digital radar warning receivers, digital technique generators including digital radio frequency memory jamming, and an integrated countermeasures dispenser to provide  effective EW capabilities against todays threats and tomorrow’s emerging threats all in one highly integrated system. Designed to meet future needs, it operationally complements the aircraft by providing all receive functionality while simultaneous jamming with minimal impact on other aircraft systems.

10 - LiteHUD®

LiteHUD™ Low Profile Head Up Display CGI version LiteHUD® is a small and compact Head-up display (HUD), offering space and weight advantages paired with the latest optical waveguide technology. Its modular and lightweight design improves flight safety, reducing fatigue and increasing situational awareness, day or night. Providing seamless operation with night vision goggles, LiteHUD® allows for incremental capability upgrades with minimal impact to helmet and aircraft installation. The use of BAE Systems’ patented optical waveguide technology revolutionises the way light is manipulated and controlled to present symbology to the pilot. It allows the system to be more compact – 60 percent smaller by volume and up to 50 percent lighter than conventional HUDs – simplifying its integration into both existing and future cockpits, whilst still providing a significantly larger eye motion than a typical HUD.


11 - DLE HUD

Digital Light Engine Head-Up Display Designed for mission effectiveness, BAE Systems’ Digital Light Engine (DLE) HUD is a modular, electro-optic digital upgrade for traditional analogue HUDs. The advanced DLE technology removes the conventional cathode ray tube (CRT) powering the legacy system and introduces an advanced digital display solution. DLE can be seamlessly integrated into existing aircraft systems, mitigating the need for costly cabling and computer changes. For aircraft being upgraded with digital systems, DLE provides the opportunity to simplify the aircraft architecture by removing the need for legacy analogue drive systems. The HUD is designed accommodate increased symbology and video capabilities of the future and offers consistent luminance throughout life of equipment, with high-resolution symbology viewable under any flight conditions.


12 - APKWS Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket

Laser-guided rocket successfully qualified to support apache crews For tactical engagement, there are a lot of precision-guided weapons, but few have a proven success record in the field of combat. Our APKWS laser-guided rocket is redefining what it means to be precise, exceeding program requirements as the most accurate precision-guided weapon in its class. Currently in its sixth year of full-rate production, the APKWS rocket is utilized by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force, as well as a growing number of allied nations. The only U.S. Department of Defense fully qualified, guided 2.75-inch rocket, the APKWS guidance kit uses semi-active laser guidance technology to strike soft and lightly armored targets in confined areas. The exceptional accuracy of the APKWS laser-guided rocket makes it extremely versatile to address various missions, and its modular design enables streamlined deployment on fixed- and rotary-wing platforms.


13 - Electronic systems capabilities

Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS)
MIDS JTRS replaces numerous legacy radios, reducing the need for excessive spares and logistics support. MIDS JTRS is a 4-channel radio designed to run the complex Link 16 waveform and up to three additional communication protocols, including the Airborne Networking Waveform (ANW). The terminal will also be able to host and provide the necessary computer processing to run routing and platform specific applications, allowing for lower cost integration into host platforms. By utilising software applications for expanded capability, the MIDS JTRS terminal enables enhanced operational effectiveness without consuming additional space, weight or power. Aircraft such as fighters, tankers, transport, command and control, and rotary wing, along with maritime and fixed sites, are all potential users of the new communication and data link terminal.
Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)
When it comes to platform protection, our threat management systems have saved hundreds of lives in the field of combat for more than 60 years. Our Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) has provided unmatched missile warning and hostile fire detection for U.S. and allied forces for more than 10 years. With a recorded reliability four times the requirement, CMWS has logged more than 3 million combat flight hours and saved dozens of aircraft. Fielded in over 10 countries, BAE Systems has delivered and installed more than 2,000 CMWS units on over 30 different platforms.
Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system
The AN/ALQ-212 ATIRCM system is the U.S. Army standard for fixed and rotary-wing laser-based countermeasures systems. The ATIRCM system has proven to be the most reliable directable infrared countermeasure system fielded since its deployment by the U.S. Army in 2009. With more than 300,000 operational flight hours logged, the system has saved multiple aircraft from missile attack since first integrated on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense approved ATIRCM for export, making this life-saving technology available to our allied nations around the world on military and head-of-state platforms.
AN/ASQ-239 F-35 electronic warfare/countermeasure system
The AN/ASQ-239 is an advanced, proven and cost-effective electronic warfare suite, protecting the F-35 with advanced technology to counter current and emerging threats. Equipped with offensive and defensive options, the suite provides fully integrated radar warning, targeting support, and self-protection to detect and defeat threats. Offering maximum situational awareness, the system helps to identify, monitor, analyse, and respond. Advanced avionics and sensors provide a real-time view of the battlespace, helping to increase detection range and mission success.


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