Dassault Aviation: Preparing for the Future of Combat Aerospace

Written by thomas · Filed Under Defense 

November 7, 2014


Dassault Aviation, BAE Systems and their industrial partners have been
awarded a [Eur]150m/[Pounds]120m contract by the French and UK
governments for a two year co-operative Future Combat Air System (FCAS)
Feasibility Phase study, formally signaling the start of work. This is
the first step towards what could become a full demonstration programme
that shapes the future of combat aerospace in Europe.

SAINT-CLOUD, France, Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following the
political-level agreement announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July
this year, Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems are pleased to have been
awarded a two-year contract by the French and UK governments to help
define the Franco-British requirement for a Future Combat Air System
(FCAS) programme.

The contract was officially awarded to Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO
of Dassault Aviation, and Ian King, CEO of BAE Systems, by the heads of
the French and British defence procurement agencies, Laurent
Collet-Billon, Delegue General pour l’Armement for the French DGA, and
Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel for the UK MoD, during a
ceremony at Dassault Aviation’s headquarters, Saint Cloud, France.

Eric Trappier said: “We welcome this new step, which prepares the
future of both manned and unmanned combat air systems. It ensures
French and British companies to maintain their technological excellence
which is vital to their competitiveness in a globalized environment. It
mainly shows the commitment of France and Britain in their ambition to
remain leading aviation powers”.

Ian King said: “This contract award is a key step in the partnership
between our two nations, governments, and industries. The Feasibility
Phase will allow UK and French industry to work closely together and
provide a strong foundation for a potential follow-on Future Combat Air
System Demonstration programme as well as supporting a number of highly
skilled jobs.”

Cooperation between France and the UK is seen as the optimum way to
progress a UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System) solution, whilst
supporting both governments’ intentions for closer defence ties. The
joint study contract of [Eur]150m/[Pounds]120m is to be supplemented
with additional French and UK national funding to the combined value of
[Eur]100m/[Pounds]80m in the same period.

The two-year study will build the foundations on which a long-term
joint programme will be based by focusing on the following key points:

– The development of concepts for an operational system, and- The
maturation of key technologies that will be required for a future
operational UCAS.

Following the completion of the study at the end of 2016, work could
then commence on a UCAS demonstration development programme that
addresses both nations’ future military requirements.

The Feasibility Phase will sustain hundreds of highly skilled jobs at
Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems with more jobs sustained by
Rolls-Royce, Selex ES, Snecma (Safran), Thales and SME’s involved in
the programme. In addition, the contract supports the strategically
important Military Aerospace Industries in both nations and is
testament to the importance that the French and UK governments place in
maintaining a cutting edge, sovereign military air capability.

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