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Future Combat Air System (FCAS)

Future Combat Air System (FCAS)

Shaping the future of air power

As Europe’s most strategic defence programme, the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is key to European sovereignty in the 21st century.

As a combat system of systems, FCAS will deliver increasing effects by leveraging the connected capabilities of pooled platforms, bringing the next level of air power to highly denied environments.

 

FCAS – System of Systems

 

Future Air Power is composed of connected, manned and unmanned air platforms, enhanced by different sensors and effectors. They will be part of an open, scalable system architecture that enables the inclusion of future platforms and new technologies. Read less Read more

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.

FCAS Infographic

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. 

FCAS is a system of systems connecting interoperable manned and unmanned air platforms.

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.

 
Military Aircraft 28 September 2018

Demonstration of manned-unmanned teaming for future air combat systems

Demonstration of manned-unmanned teaming for future air combat systems

Demonstration of manned-unmanned teaming for future air combat systems

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. 

Photo Gallery

New Fighter FCAS Copyright Airbus    
Dassault Aviation and Airbus new fighter revealing at Paris Airshow 2019 - Day 1    
Dassault Aviation and Airbus new fighter revealing at Paris Airshow 2019 - Day 1    
Dassault Aviation and Airbus new fighter revealing at Paris Airshow 2019 - Day 1    
FCAS Infographic    
Airbus Starburst    

Video Gallery

Future Combat Air System – Paris Air Show 2019 – Day 2      
FCAS – System of Systems      
Smart MRTT Video      
Demonstration of manned-unmanned teaming for future air combat systems      
MUT series #5 – Timeframe - Watch the fifth episode!      
MUT series #4 – Manned-Unmanned Teaming - Watch the fourth episode!      
MUT series #3 – People - Watch the third episode!      
MUT series #2 - Watch the second episode!      
MUT series #1 - Watch the first epidose!      

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