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UPDATED: FCAS is ‘on the way to first flight’, says Airbus

20th December 2022 - 14:35 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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An indication that the programme was finally gaining ground came in the middle of November when Airbus said both France and Germany were adamant FCAS 'must work'. (Photo: Airbus)

The Franco-German Future Combat Air System programme is moving onto Phase 1B, where Dassault, Airbus, Indra and Eumet will develop a demonstrator.

The French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) has awarded the Demonstrator Phase 1B contract of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme to Dassault Aviation, Airbus, Indra, Eumet and their industrial partners.

The award, made on behalf of France, Germany and Spain, is worth €3.2 billion ($3.4 million) and was announced on 16 December.

Phase 1B will cover work on the FCAS demonstrator and its components for about three and a half years.

This stage of the programme will build on the success of Phase 1A demonstrator-related research and technology work and development activities, which allowed the identification of critical

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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