- Instrumented Production Aircraft
- Multiple Information Distribution System
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
EADS has announced that the Eurofighter Instrumented Production Aircraft 4 (IPA)
4 operated by EADS-CASA at Getafe, near Madrid in Spain, has been deployed to
Vidsel near the Polar Circle in Sweden to undergo extreme cold weather trials
until mid-February 2005.
The Spanish IPA4 aircraft is expected to face permanently temperatures ranging
from -25 Celsius to -31 Celsius, which means a striking cold weather compared to
Spanish climate. Along with the Eurofighter-Typhoon test aircraft, the Spanish
Air Force has deployed 50 staff members to participate in the tests program over
the next two months.
within Eurofighter development program, EADS CASA is responsible for all
environmental tests, including their performance and validation. Recently,
Eurofighter IPA4 was upgraded to include the latest equipment being developed
and demonstrated trustworthy for the aircraft type as well as the the
instrumentation required for the environmental testing. In support of this the
ground and flight testing campaign, EADS CASA has deployed a monitoring ground
station called MIDS to Vidsel.
the series of tests scheduled until February, EADS CASA will demonstrate full
suitability of all aircraft's systems and subsystems when operating at extreme
low temperature. Furthermore, this experience will help define the best
maintenance and operational procedures in such an environment. The tests series
will focus on: alert mode operations, power-up, electrical system evaluation,
hydraulic fluid behavior, liquid conditioning vest and environmental control
system operations, fuel system operations, landing gear actuations, loading and
unloading of external stores.
Vidsel air force base is being used to test allied nations aircraft performance
at extreme temperatures and different humidity rates. Current and future
European Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs are scheduled to carry out
environmental testing at Vidsel. The same site is also employed by Sweden and
partner nations as a missile test range called 'Missile Test Range North'.
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