The Eurofighter consortium said this week it had completed lightning strike trials on the Eurofighter at British Aerospace’s electronic warfare test facility in Warton.
The six-week test programme on a DA4 test aircraft was to validate the lightning analysis computer model which has been developed as part of the Eurofighter’s design.
The tests involved subjecting the aircraft to pulses of electrical energy which represented around 20% of that from a full lightning strike.
BAe designed and developed a return conductor test rig for the validation programme.
As the aircraft was struck by currents of up to 40kA in the test cell, fibre-optic links connected to current probes measured currents within the aircraft and on its skin.