The cornerstone of FCAS is the next generation weapon system where next-generation fighters team with remote carriers as force multipliers. Additionally, manned and unmanned platforms also will provide their uniqueness to the collective capabilities while being fully interoperable with allied forces across domains from land to cyber. The air combat cloud will enable the leveraging of networked capabilities of all pooled platforms.
Since its inception, Airbus has lived the “working together” principle. It is the only player that combines a European DNA, industry achievements and presence to make FCAS a success.
As a German and Spanish champion and a strong player in France and the UK, Airbus is uniquely positioned as a European company to drive FCAS with its partners. The company also has a strong history of guaranteeing French military sovereignty and working as a reliable partner with the French armed forces.
With Spain joining the project in the future, FCAS will become a truly European journey – strengthening the region’s defence industry and its technological leadership in low observability, manned unmanned teaming, high speed connectivity, use of artificial intelligence and human-machine collaboration
Airbus Defence and Space and Dassault Aviation announced their intention in 2018 to work together in developing the Future Combat Air System.
In early 2019, France and Germany awarded the first contract – a two-year Joint Concept Study (JCS) – to Airbus and Dassault Aviation. The study is based on the High Level Common Operational Requirements Document signed in 2018 between French and German defence ministers.
In 2018, Airbus successfully performed manned-unmanned teaming (MUT) test flight campaigns, confirming the company’s expertise in controlling remote carriers from a manned aircraft. These test campaigns included demonstrations with five Airbus-built Do-DT25 target drones controlled from a mission group commander airborne in a manned command and control aircraft.
Also in 2018 – with support from French and Canadian space agencies – Airbus successfully tested its LTE AirNode technology, a key part of the company’s secure networked military communications programme, Network for the Sky (NFTS) – which is fully aligned with the development of the required FCAS connected capabilities.
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