BAE Systems, Eurofighter and Cassidian have completed the first phase of flight tests for a long-range missile system on a Eurofighter-built aircraft.
The demonstration team first assessed the flutter and air data system using an updated instrumented production aircraft 2, BAE Systems said Thursday.
Alberto Gutierrez, CEO of Eurofighter, said the missile system is intended to help boost the air-to-ground technologies on the Typhoon aircraft.
“This is one of a number of enhancements that are coming on stream,” he added.
The flight tests was performed at the Sardinia, Italy-based Decimomannu Air Base’s Alenia Aermacchi Flight Test Center on Nov. 27.
The Italian Air Force and Royal Air Force Tornados will use the storm shadow missile system, which works to counter targets such as port facilities, control centers, bunkers, missile sites, airfields and bridges.
The missile weapon will be rolled out in 2015 when Eurofighter wraps up the second phase of enhancements for the Typhoon.