As one of the three national partners in the FCAS/SCAF programme, Spain has tasked its industrial participants with a concept of use study. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)
Spain has launched a concept of use study for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) in national service, with contracts awarded to each of the country's major industrial participants.
The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the milestone on 28 September, saying that the study relates specifically to the Next-Generation Weapon System (NGWS) of FCAS/SCAF, which comprises the New Generation Fighter (NGF), Remote Carrier (RC) loyal wingman, and Air Combat Cloud (ACC) network.
“The MoD has contracted the national companies belonging to the Future Combat Air System programme to collaborate in the development of the concept of operations (CONOPS), investigating possible evolutions of the challenges of national defence in the air force domain of responsibility, and detailing possible solutions to face them,” the MoD said.
The companies contracted to deliver the CONOPS study comprise national lead contractor Indra, as well as Airbus Spain, ITP Aero, and the SATNUS consortium of GMV, Sener, and Tecnobit.
French Senate submits budget request for national future fighter effort
02 December 2022
by Gareth Jennings
A model of the NGF manned fighter at the core of the FCAS/SCAF project. The French Senate has issued a budget amendment request to fund a feasibility study to develop a wholly national alternative should the project with Germany and Spain fail. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)
French lawmakers have submitted a request to develop a wholly national future combat aircraft, with a Finance Bill for 2023 amendment posted in late November.
The budget request by the French Senate is to fund a EUR10 million (USD10.5 million) feasibility study to develop a future replacement for the country's Dassault Rafale. It came after repeated references by that company's CEO, Éric Trappier, to a “Plan B” should industrial agreements not be reached on the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de combat aérien du futur (SCAF) project with Airbus of Germany and Indra of Spain.
Phase 1B of the New Generation Fighter that sits at the core of FCAS/SCAF project will now go ahead, with Dassault as the lead partner. (Dassault)
The industrial partners heading up the trinational Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien du Futur (SCAF) have agreed to the demonstrator phase of the project.
Dassault announced the milestone on 1 December, saying that an agreement on Phase 1B of the New Generation Fighter (NGF) element of the FCAS/SCAF project had been reached with Airbus and Indra.
“Yes, today it is done. We have an agreement with Airbus,” Dassault CEO Éric Trappier said in an interview given to
. “We'll now be able to move into the next phase of studies, known as [Phase] 1B, to prepare for the development of a demonstrator, which should fly around 2029… We have been confirmed in our role as prime contractor and architect of the aircraft, and we have obtained protection for our industrial know-how and technologies.”
Pictured are two nano satellites − Huygens and Birkeland − that are part of the MilSpace2 project, a collaborative R&D programme between the Dutch and Norwegian ministries of defence for the detection of radar signals. Continued co-operation on the programme is guaranteed for the coming years. (NanoAvionics)
The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published its Defence Space Agenda, detailing the country's future military space investment priorities.
According to the agenda, published by the MoD on 25 November, the Netherlands is seeking to ensure strategic autonomy by developing and owning its own constellation of satellites, while also reducing its dependency on communication, navigation, observation, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities supplied by its strategic and commercial partners.
Between EUR25 million and EUR100 million (USD25.88 million and USD103.54 million) will be allocated from 2023 to 2027 to address these requirements. This is separate from the EUR25−100 million earmarked for military satellite communications (milsatcom), outlined in the 2022 Defense Memorandum.
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