HENSOLDT, a sensor solutions provider, is developing essential core elements of the novel sensor network for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), a joint project between Germany, France, and Spain.
As a member of the German FCMS consortium, HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract worth around €100 million by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA).
The contract includes the development of demonstrators in the core competence fields of radar, reconnaissance and self-protection electronics, optronics and also the networking of sensor technology.
In the FCAS project, participating nations want to develop, among other things, a successor system for the Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft as well as a novel system of networked sensors. By 2024, its expected several technology demonstrators will be developed to show the possibilities of a platform-independent networked solution. The sensor network with different platforms will then be further developed in the other FCAS demonstrator phases.
Technology leaders of the industry from three countries are involved, under the overall management of INDRA (Spain), Thales for France and the FCMS consortium for Germany, consisting of HENSOLDT, Diehl Defense, ESG Elektroniksystem-und, Logistik-GmbH and Rohde & Schwarz, are working together in the so-called demonstrator phase 1b.
In addition, HENSOLDT is responsible for project management and central architecture work packages, and for cooperation with other FCMS companies.