Air Covers, an UK-based designer of bespoke protective covers for the aerospace and marine sector, recently won a competitive bid to provide environmental protective covers for 147 RAF Typhoon aircraft.
Air Covers also won the supply contract for the Typhoon Display Team.
Deliveries of the covers to RAF Coningsby have already started, with a total of 50 complete sets dispatched to date, and a further 97 to follow.
Each cupola cover is made at Air Covers’ facility in Wrexham, North Wales.
“We were delighted to have won this high profile contract during the lockdown,” said Air Covers’ Managing Director John Pattinson. “Our mission has always been to reduce the maintenance burden and increase the availability of their aircraft. While we faced strong competition, our experience protecting European and Middle Eastern military fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters was a significant factor in the decision-making process.”
The Typhoon fleet will be protected with Air Covers’ full convection cooling cover technology. The cupola covers are 30% lighter than the aircraft’s incumbent covers, which were also creating a heat sink effect, raising cockpit temperatures above ambient. The new covers, which have been successfully trialed and tested with three air forces (with similar combat aircraft) in Italy, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, are able to reduce cockpit temperature below ambient.
The majority of the RAF Typhoon fleet will sport standard charcoal grey covers, but the Typhoon Display Team aircraft, operated by 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby, will wear distinctive red covers.