Indra, Thales & FCMS Kick-off Phase 1B Development of Sensors for FCAS Project

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 08:46 AM, March 29, 2023
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Indra, Thales & FCMS Kick-off Phase 1B Development of Sensors for FCAS Project
Future Combat Air System (FCAS) illustration @Airbus

Spanish Indra German FCMS and French Thales have kicked off a new phase in the development of an innovative suite of networked and distributed sensors, defensive aids and attack systems (NSDAS) for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) project.

Based on the shared vision of a sensor suite for Next-Generation Weapon System (NGWS) as defined during the previous Phase 1A, Phase 1B will initiate a wide range of ambitious functional, algorithmic and technological developments. It will consolidate the definition and architecture of the suite of networked sensors, as well as the critical components/building blocks of the RF and Optronics sensors for the NGF and for the different types of RCs.

In order to support the NGWS Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2040, the development phase is expected to start in 2028.

The work carried out by these companies will also benefit from a close collaboration with the key industrial organizations of the wider NGWS program dedicated to the Combat Cloud, the Next Generation Fighter (NGF) and the Remote Carrier (RC) UAVs.

NSDAS implements features based on the disruptive cross-platform collaborative approach.

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