Sensor suite in development for Future European Combat Air SystemNews
November 24, 2020
EUROPE. Germany, Spain, and France the three driving forces of the NGWS/FCAS program, have entrusted FCMS, Indra, and Thales with the development of a suite of sensors that will aim to equip the Future European Combat Air System.
The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) on behalf of the three nations, has signed the contract with Indra as leader of the industrial consortium in order to incorporate the sensors as part of the Phase 1 contractual framework. The Phase 1 A Concept Study for Sensors will last for one year, a period which may be extended by another six months.
The consortium will work on the design of the concepts required to meet the stakes of 2040 and beyond for the next generation combat system, involving a connected and distributed architecture of sensors, the design of future sensors architectures, and the maturation of the associated sensors technologies.
According to officials, this distributed sensor architecture will leverage the capabilities provided by the NGWS/FCAS combat cloud, with improved system situational awareness and increased platforms survivability.