Mission Data Week: Italian Air Force, Leonardo collaborate to improve Eurofighter mission data systems

Mission Data Week Eurofighter Grosseto
Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.

Recently the Italian Air Force conducted the second edition of the Mission Data Week at Grosseto air force base, Tuscany, Italy.

The MDW represents the main opportunity for the armed force to put into practice the theoretical results in the elaboration and optimization of the "Mission Data" of the Eurofighter Typhoon (Radar, Weapons, Self-protection), i.e. the set of essential data to be loaded on the on-board systems to improve the operational capabilities of the aircraft.

The activity, divided into ground and flight tests, as well as study and panel sessions, was managed through the coordinated work of a team composed of Eurofighter Weapon Instructors, representatives of the ReSTOGe, engineers from Leonardo SpA and test pilots from the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (RSV).

In addition to the improvement of the Mission Data programming, the event offered a great opportunity to increase the Link-16's capabilities and to improve the integration of the data shared between the sensors, in order to obtain ever more precise and complete information and greater interoperability between fourth and fifth generation aircraft. The flight missions involved Eurofighters from the 4th, 36th, 37th and 51st Wing, but also CAEW and F-35 aircraft.

Most of the flight missions involved the Experimental and Interforce Training Polygon (PISQ) of Salto di Quirra, Sardinia, as a shooting range equipped with Electronic Warfare emulators and the ReGISCC (Management and Innovation System for Command and Control Systems) for systems configuration control.

The training returns have been remarkable as the activity was functional for the direct development of the Eurofighter aircraft, but also for the achievement of the training objectives of the Major Exercises in which the Italian Air Force will have to participate over the next year.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Italian Air Force