Germany, Spain and France, the three driving countries for the NGWS / FCAS program, have commissioned FCMS (a consortium of HENSOLDT, Diehl Defense, ESG and Rohde & Schwarz), Indra and Thales with the development of the innovative sensor suite for the future European air combat system .
The French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA), which represents the three nations, signed the contract with Indra, as head of the industrial consortium, to include the sensors in the contractual framework of Phase 1. Phase 1 A of the sensor concept study It is extended by one year, a period which could be extended for a further six months. This consortium will be concerned with designing concepts for a connected and distributed sensor architecture, designing future sensor architecture, and maturing associated sensor technologies that will enable the future combat system to address the challenges it will face in 2040.
The distributed sensor architecture leverages the capabilities of the NGWS / FCAS battle cloud to provide situational awareness systems and improve survivability. The consortium will work with the remaining NGWS / FCAS pillars (Combat Cloud, Next Generation Aircraft, Remote Carriers) to optimize the design and integration of the sensors with the rest of the platform’s systems.
The signing of this first contract underscores the excellent relationship and spirit of collaboration between FCMS, Indra and Thales. For the director of the NGWS / FCAS program at Indra, Manuel Rodrguez Cerezo, the industrial collaboration and proactivity of the three companies enabled this first step in promoting the program.
The development of the sensor column is important to ensure coherent and seamlessly integrated architectures with next generation combat aircraft (NGF), unmanned systems or remote operators (RCs) and the combat cloud. The superiority of the NGWS / FCAS depends largely on the ability of its sensor network to gather more and better information than the adversary.
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