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RTX business Collins Aerospace announced at London’s DSEI 2023 exhibition on 13 September that it has been selected by BAE Systems as the provider for large area display technology to be integrated into the cockpits of future Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The ultra-high-definition Large Area Display (LAD) will be used by BAE Systems as part of its rapid capability development programme, Project Medulla, which sees it investing in future technologies for use across its combat air portfolio, including the Typhoon fleet.

“The LAD will serve as a pivotal tool for pilots, consolidating critical flight data, sensor inputs and tactical information into a single, easily accessible interface,” the company announced. “Through real-time data feeds from radar, targeting systems and threat detection, pilots will maintain an up-to-the-second view of the battlefield, enabling swift and precise decision-making during high-stakes engagements.”

“The Large Area Display’s intuitive design and resistive touchscreen technology will streamline information flow and will significantly reduce cognitive workload, allowing pilots to focus on critical tasks and manoeuvres, thereby maximising operational effectiveness,” the company added. “With this state-of-the-art technology, combat aircraft pilots will be better equipped to manage complex aerial scenarios, optimise flight paths and respond proactively to enemy threats.”

RAF Typhoons from 6 Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth pictured over the Australian outback during Exercise ‘Pitch Black 2022’. Typhoons in future will benefit from large area display technology provided by Collins Aerospace. (Photo: Crown Copyright)

Ian Clark, Head of Project Medulla for BAE Systems Air, was quoted as saying, “The selection of Collins Aerospace as the current best athlete for the LAD equipment will support our continued investment into our combat air platforms, including Typhoon. Together with the upgraded mission systems and increased processing power our teams are developing, the LAD will enable pilots to harness the full potential of Typhoon’s advanced radar and weapons technology, ensuring the aircraft remains the backbone of combat air power for decades to come.”

“Our Large Area Display for Eurofighter Typhoon cockpits represents a game-changing advancement in combat aviation,” said Craig Bries, Collins Aerospace’s vice president and general manager for marketing, sales and aftermarket services. “Specifically designed for combat aircraft, the Large Area Display will revolutionise aerial operations by offering complete situational awareness and unparalleled operational effectiveness, providing fighter pilots with an unmatched advantage.”

Peter Felstead