Serco to Provide Typhoon Test Capability to UK, Spain

Serco has secured contracts to deliver its automatic test solution General Purpose Support Equipment (GPSE) to the UK Royal Air Force and the Spanish Air Force.

The first contract will see Serco provide the latest version of the GPSE test sets to refresh the support capabilities of the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoon fleet.

The second contract requires the integration of additional Pylon and High-Pressure Pure Air Generator test functionality to the existing GPSE capability at Spanish Air Force bases in Morón and Albacete.

General Purpose Support Equipment (GPSE)
General Purpose Support Equipment (GPSE). Photo: Serco

Work will be conducted by Serco’s Design, Integration, and Test team based in Hampshire, which has been servicing support solutions for Typhoons since 2005.

“These new contracts underpin Serco’s growing reputation as a first-class supplier of armament support equipment for modern aircraft,” Serco Interim Managing Director Keith Hillas said.

“They increase our provision of testing for the Eurofighter and Typhoon fleets across Europe and supports our journey to becoming the favoured supplier of armament support equipment for the Typhoon programme.”

Serco’s GPSE

GPSE was initially developed to support over 130 various assemblies fitted for six aircraft in the UK Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

Since it was utilized to support the UK’s military aircraft fleet, GPSE replaced nine individual pieces of support equipment with one single box capability, according to Serco.

In addition, the system offered lower overall operating costs for the UK Ministry of Defence and other NATO air forces.

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