Cassidian’s Eurofighter mission planning system protects pilots


Cassidian is responsible for supplying the computer-based mission planning system for the German Air Force’s Eurofighter aircraft. The German procurement authority BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) placed an order with the company for approximately 15 million euros to deliver the mission planning system for the Eurofighter locations at Laage, Nörvenich, Wittmund and Neuburg.

“This mission planning system guarantees a near real-time and secure synchronisation of all relevant data before and after a mission,” explained Dr Rolf Wirtz, head of Mission Avionics at Cassidian. “This significantly increases the safety of the pilots and the efficiency of the operation. In addition, this order and its implementation within Germany will give the Luftwaffe the option of working in close co-operation with Cassidian, to express their specific needs and to contribute their ideas to the development of the system.”

The mission planning system is required to plan safe flight paths and missions, to display them on digital maps and to maintain real-time contact with military command. In this context, account is taken of civil air movements, weather data and any threats along the flight path. Events during the mission are recorded and are then evaluated subsequently.

Cassidian already supplies a mission planning system for all helicopters of the German Army Aviation Corps ( This means the Bundeswehr is now a step closer to its objective of equipping all of its flying platforms with basically the same planning system and to thus reduce costs.


Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing lead systems integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28 000 employees – achieved revenue of €5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenue of €49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133 000.

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