Cobham supplies Eurofighter defenses

March 31, 2011 at 8:34 AM

WIMBORNE MINSTER, England, March 31 (UPI) -- Britain's Cobham PLC is providing chaff and flare defensive aids systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet Tranche 3A program.

The contract from the Eurofighter consortium is worth more than $28.8 million, the company said.

Delivery of the systems will begin the middle of next year and will continue until the end of 2014.

The Eurofighter's chaff and flare defensive aids system comprises dispensers that release infrared flares to defeat heat-seeking missiles and chaff to disrupt radar-guided missiles.

The Cobham-supplied system is an aircraft baseline requirement, integral to the defensive capabilities of the Eurofighter. Cobham is the system integrator for the chaff and flare equipment.

"We remain strongly committed to delivering a range of auxiliary mission equipment of the highest standard for Eurofighter and are delighted to continue providing the chaff and flare systems to support the multi-role capability of the aircraft," said Iain Gibson, vice president for Cobham Mission Equipment.

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