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Sensor supplier signs on for next-gen fighter project

FCAS programme. PHOTO: HENSOLDT

HENSOLDT has joined the German-French-Spanish Future Combat Mission System program to build a next generation fighter jet.

HENSOLDT has joined the German-French-Spanish Future Combat Mission System program to build a next generation fighter jet.

The German sensor solutions provider has been awarded a 100 million euro contract to development demonstrators for radar, reconnaissance and self-protection electronics, optronics and sensor technology networking by 2025.

The company was selected to develop the core elements by the French procurement authority, DGA on 10 February.

HENSOLDT spectrum dominance business head Christoph Ruffner said the company is honoured to join the search for a successor to the current Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft.

“The next-generation air combat system requires an intelligent approach to a platform-independent, networked mission system, high-end sensors and AI-based data evaluation,” he said.

 “This is where Hensoldt will make the essential contribution with the FCMS consortium.”

The company will take a technical work and project management role alongside INDRA from Spain, Thales from France and FCMS consortium from Germany including Diehl Defence, ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH and Rohde & Schwarz.

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