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Spain launches national FCAS concept of use study

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.

Spain officially joined France and Germany on the FCAS/SCAF project at the Paris Air show in June 2019, and has to date committed EUR2.5 billion (USD2.4 billion) until the end of the NGF demonstrator phase in 2027.

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