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Green Light For NGWS-FCAS Sensor Design

Flying over Europe on a sunny spring morning [Fabian Gysel via Indra]
Green light for FCMS, Indra and Thales to start designing the sensors that will contribute to NGWS / FCAS superiority.

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Press Release, Madrid, 23 November 2020: Germany, Spain and France the three driving forces of the NGWS / FCAS programme, have entrusted FCMS, Indra and Thales with the development of the innovative suite of sensors that will equip the Future European Combat Air System.

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) on behalf of the three nations, has signed the contract with Indra as leader of the industrial consortium in order to incorporate the Sensors as part of the Phase 1 contractual framework. The Phase 1 A Concept Study for Sensors will last for one year, a period which may be extended by another six months. The consortium will work on the design of the concepts required to meet the stakes of 2040 and beyond for the next generation combat system, involving a connected and distributed architecture of sensors, the design of future sensors architectures and the maturation of the associated sensors technologies.

This distributed sensor architecture will leverage the capabilities provided by the NGWS/FCAS combat cloud, with improved system situational awareness and increased platforms survivability. The sensors pillar consortium looks forward to working together with the other NGWS / FCAS pillars (Combat Cloud, Next Generation Fighter, Remote Carriers) in order to optimise the design and integration of the Sensors within the System and platforms.

The signing of this initial contract provides evidence of the excellent harmony and spirit of collaboration among FCMS, Indra and Thales. According to Manuel Rodríguez Cerezo, the Director of the NGWS / FCAS programme at Indra, “the industrial cooperation and the proactivity demonstrated by the three companies have facilitated the taking of this first step to move ahead with the programme”.

The development of the sensor pillar is essential to ensure consistent architectures that are perfectly integrated into the new generation fighters (NGF), unmanned systems and remote operators (RCs) and the combat cloud. The superiority of the NGWS / FCAS will largely depend on the capacity of its network of sensors to compile more and better information than the adversary.

  • The consortium made up of FCMS, Indra and Thales will develop an innovative state-of-the-art suite of connected and distributed sensors
  • The sensors, designed to meet the operational challenges of the 2040s, following the requirements of the participating nations, will contribute to the NGWS/FCAS situational awareness and ability to operate without being detected
  • The understanding and close collaboration between the three industrial partners has accelerated the definition of the project goals and the signing of the contract
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