Partner nations France, Germany, and Spain have agreed development of the Next-Generation Weapon System (NGWS) element of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme.
A conceptual Remote Carrier model displayed by Airbus at the Paris Air Show in 2019. Remote Carriers will be a core component of the Next-Generation Weapon System that forms part of the wider FCAS/SCAF system-of-systems being developed by Germany, France and Spain. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)
On 31 August the three governments signed the Implementation Agreement 3 element of the wider Phase 1B phase, covering development of the New Generation Fighter (NGF), Remote Carrier (RC) loyal wingman, and Air Combat Cloud (AAC) networked battlespace that comprise the NGWS. The new agreement covers work from 2021 to 2027.
“The signing of this agreement confirms the commitment of Germany, Spain, and France to the development of a new generation combat aviation capable of facing future threats and challenges,” the parties said in a joint communique to mark the agreement that was signed by the Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly, the German Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and the Spanish State Secretary for Defence Esperanza Casteleiro Llamazares. “Following on from the work already carried out since 2019, it marks a new stage, the first flight demonstrations of which will be the result in 2027”.