Dassault Aviation and Airbus have been awarded the first-ever Joint Concept Study (JCS) contract for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program by France and Germany. The two-year study kicked off February 20, just in time to have demonstrator programs ready for presentation at the Paris Air Show in June 2019.
The goal of the joint study is to come up with different FCAS capabilities and pave the way for the design, industrialization and full operational capability of a next-generation manned fighter, new weapons systems, and unmanned drones that would be linked together by the cloud.
FCAS is more than just a combat aircraft. It is a system of systems including a large array of interconnected and interoperable elements, from medium-altitude, long endurance drones to cruise missiles and drone swarms.
According to Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, “FCAS is one of the most ambitious European defense programs of the century.”
Project completion is slated for 2040.
Dassault Aviation, the architect and integrator of the combat system, is based in Paris and has its North American HQ just down the road from us in Teteboro. Airbus, based in Toulouse, has its North American HQ in Herndon, VA.
Though currently only France and Germany have signed onto the project, Hoke thinks more European involvement will be necessary. “FCAS should be and is a European project that transcends national borders, bringing in involvement from countries such as Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium and more,” he said.
AMI Exhibiting at the Paris Air Show
We are very excited to announce that Aerospace Manufacturing was awarded a Small Business Association grant by the State of New Jersey to exhibit at the Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from 17 to 23 June 2019.
If you are planning on attending, schedule a time to chat with AMI!
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