C4iSR: Air

FCAS partners defining concepts and capabilities ahead of demo phase

12 November 2019

A full-scale mock-up of the New Generation Fighter concept was showcased by Dassault on the opening day of the Paris Air Show. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

France, Germany, and Spain are looking to define the nature of the first tranche of capabilities and platforms to be developed for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme as they prepare to launch the demonstrator phase in the coming weeks.

Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter Conference in Berlin on 12 November, Major General Jean-Pascal Breton, French programme lead FCAS/SCAF, said that with the first tranche (or first pillar, as it is also known) of the upcoming demonstrator phase covering the New Generation Fighter (NGF) aircraft, Remote Carrier (RC) unmanned wingmen, and the networked Air Combat Cloud (ACC), the partners are evaluating a number of potential configurations for the manned fighter and its accompanying 'loyal wingmen'.

"We have three NGF and as many as 10 RC concepts that we are looking at," Gen Breton said, adding that the issues being explored cover questions of a single- or twin-seat for the manned fighter, down to the roles and capabilities of the RCs.

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