Airbus, MBDA team for remote carriers
Airbus and MBDA have teamed up to develop demonstrators for remote carriers as part of the Future Combat Air System programme.
Remote carriers are UAS which will be designed to reduce the risks for manned aircraft in high risk environments by taking over specific air operation roles, providing new air warfare capabilities.
MBDA will focus on the development of small and medium class platforms, while Airbus will address the whole remote carrier scope - and in particular teaming intelligence – with a focus on medium to large platforms.
Capable of cross platform mission management, the remote carriers will complement and augment manned fighter aircraft capabilities. They will operate with a high degree of automation to improve mission performance in high intensity conflicts, and increase combat mass to better compensate limited numbers of sophisticated manned fighter aircraft.
Several types of remote carriers are being studied, including expendable swarms possibly followed by more sophisticated groups, providing a wide scope of potential missions.
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