Eurofighter launches AMRAAM and ASRAAM
12 June 2001
The Italian Eurofighter prototype DA7 has completed a two-week series of weapons trials at the Decimomannu range on Sardinia. AMRAAM, ASRAAM and AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles were launched from the aircraft.
An AMRAAM S/CTV missile (Advanced medium range Air-to-Air Missile Separation/Control Test Vehicle), an inert warhead test missile with a motor to check the separation trajectory from the aircraft was launched in level flight from a height of 3,130 feet at a speed of 0.9 Mach. The test confirmed the Eurofighter's optimum launch platform qualities and the reliability and maturity of the aircraft systems.
The DA7 prototype's test cycle also included the first launch of an ASRAAM (Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile) from a height of 5,000 feet at a speed of 0.89 Mach. This is an inert warhead operational missile fitted with the instrumentation necessary for data exchange with a Ground Station.
BAE SYSTEMS has completed the load survey for the baseline configuration. First DASS ground tests are to commence soon in Spain. CASA will also start assembly of the first Spanish production aircraft this month.
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Eurofighter set to meet Korea's 70% offset requirements for FX
13 June 2001
Cesare Gianni, president of Eurofighter International, said that the European consortium would make efforts to meet the offset requirements for Korea's next-generation FX fighter programme, which have been raised from 30% to 70%.
"They are very demanding requirements, but we are willing to meet them," Gianni said in a press conference in Seoul on Monday. "The value of this proposed offset production to Korea would amount to $2.8 billion."
According to a Defence Ministry official the offset requirements were raised in order to acquire core technologies and parts production in case Korea introduced locally produces fighters in the future.
Currently, the Defense Ministry is considering buying fighters in a direct purchase or produce fighters under a license contract.
Gianni said the European consortium was also considering measures through which Korea could expand its offset package in commercial aircraft within the framework of the FX project. "Korea will be able to produce components for many aircraft and customers in Europe," he said.
Gianni said European suppliers of the Eurofighter would explore partnerships and other avenues of co-operation with Korean counterparts should the Eurofighter Typhoon be selected as the fighter jet for the FX project.
Three other foreign defence firms, Boeing of the United States, Dassault of France, and Russia's Rosvorgenia - are competing for Korea's $4 billion FX fighter programme.
In particular, the United States has stepped up pressure on the South Korean to opt for Boeing's F-15K as a solution to the fighter upgrade. According to the Korea Herald newspaper the South Korean Defence Ministry admitted in March that it has received a letter from the US DoD offering to sell $1.5 billion worth of up-to-date guided missiles and avionics systems to Korea on condition that Seoul buys Boeing's F-15.
"We received a letter from the US Department of Defense Feb. 15 in which it expressed its willingness to sell advanced guided missiles and avionics systems to Korea on the condition that Seoul purchases Boeing F-15 fighter jets," said an unnamed ministry official then.
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