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Four German innovators partner up for FCAS sensors
Thursday, 9 February 2023
In this new collaboration Hensoldt is working on sensor technology, Diehl Defence on targeting sensors, ESG on sensor architecture and resource management, and Rohde and Schwarz is providing robust networking.

Following agreement by the nations of Germany, France and Spain on the continuation of the FCAS (Future Combat Air System) project, the consortium German FCMS GbR, consisting of Helsoldt Sensors, Diehl Defence, ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik and Rohde and Schwarz, has been commissioned with the development of core elements of the innovative FCAS sensor network.

"The next generation air combat system requires an intelligent approach to a platform-independent, networked mission system, high-end sensors and AI-based data analysis," explains Hensoldt CEO Thomas Müller in his capacity as spokesman for the FCMS consortium. "This is where German industry with the FCMS consortium will make a significant contribution."

In the FCAS project, the participating nations want to develop, among other things, a successor system for the Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft. As part of wider efforts, the FCMS consortium will develop advanced technologies for sensors as well as an innovative system of networked sensors. By 2025, several technology demonstrators will be created to show the possibilities of the new technologies and a platform-independent collaborative solution for sensors. On this basis, development will continue in the further FCAS demonstrator phases to provide sensor systems for the various platforms of the FCAS network.

In the Demonstrator Phase 1B, Hensoldt is working within the FCMS consortium primarily in the areas of sensor technology and data fusion as well as electronic warfare and networking, Diehl Defence on an imaging target location and targeting sensor suite and on remote carrier concepts, ESG is responsible for sensor architecture and sensor resource management as well as networking, simulation and flight test, and Rohde and Schwarz is providing robust networking in the air and on the ground as an enabler for the Combat Cloud (directed links with high-performance data links connecting flying units; a robust, jam-proof network that is resistant to detection; and cryptology).

Contact details from our directory:
HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH Airborne Reconnaissance Infrared, Avionics Management Systems, Flight Recorders, Interceptor Fire Control Radar, Moving Maps, Onboard Computers, Reconnaissance Radar, Thermal Imaging Equipment, Weapons Countermeasures
Diehl Aerospace GmbH Airborne Electrical Power Supplies, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Aircraft Exterior Lighting Systems, Aircraft Interior Lighting Systems, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Cabin Heaters, Cabin Lighting, Cabin Management Systems, Control Panels, Electronic Control Equipment, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Emergency Lighting Systems, Engine Controls, Flap/Slat Mechanisms, Fuel Control Systems, Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMD), Inverters, Landing Gear Controls, LCD Displays, Non-Electronic Control Equipment, Onboard Airport Navigation Systems, Onboard Computers, Passenger Service Units (PSUs), Position/Displacement Detectors, Power Conversion Equipment, Power Distribution Equipment, Sensors/Transducers
ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH Design Services, Research/Consulting Services, Systems Integration
Rohde & Schwarz Airborne Communication Systems, Radio Communications Equipment, Test Equipment, Transceivers
Related aircraft programs:
Eurofighter Typhoon
Dassault Rafale
Related directory sectors:
Sensors, Transducers & Detectors
Imaging and Visual Systems
Flight and Data Management
Communications (Airborne)